How can we make Myatt’s Fields more child friendly?

Lambeth Council’s new Child Friendly Lambeth initiative will be holding a consultation event in Myatt’s Fields asking for young people’s views on what improvements and priorities they would like to see from their council.

In its mission statement, Child Friendly Lambeth states:

Lambeth are embarking on an ambitious three to five-year programme to be recognised as a UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) Child Friendly Community.

This borough-wide partnership programme will see participation from the local authority, schools, community and faith groups, voluntary and community sector organisations, local businesses, police, health providers and commissioners.

The consultation event will be held 12:00 – 16:00, Wednesday 10th August 2022 at Myatt’s Fields South Basketball Court, London, SW9 6SN.

Further details below:

Lambeth urged to act on traffic problems following two residents’ surveys in Myatt’s Fields

Local Labour councillors are demanding new action on traffic in Myatt’s Fields, based on evidence gathered in two snapshot surveys.

The surveys – organised by Cllrs Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop – revealed strong support for action to deal with speeding vehicles and dangerous driving around Myatt’s Fields Park and Akerman Road. The results of the petitions, based on two questionnaires, were handed into Lambeth council by Cllr Gadsby on behalf of the Labour team.  Lambeth Council are now formally required to respond to the surveys.

The councillors said:

“Thank you to all residents who took the time to fill in the surveys. They clearly demonstrate real concerns about speeding vehicles and dangerous driving in these closely connected neighbourhoods.

“As councillors, we have also received similar speeding concerns on Patmos Road which connects into Akerman Road, and a local Residents Association on Loughborough Road has been highlighting for many years problems with congestion there.

“ We are asking Lambeth Council to take a look at all these issues together and put in place a comprehensive plan that makes local roads safer.“

The headlines from the surveys, which were prompted by local concerns, are:

83 responses were received to the Myatt’s Fields Park survey, with 160 residents saying there was a problem with speeding cars in the area. In this survey, the top asks from residents were:

128 – Better enforcement of the 20mph speed limit

113 – Introduction of speed bumps

82 – Better facilities for cyclists

32 – Improvement/resurfacing of local roads

55 responses were received for a survey about speeding on Akerman Road, with 52 respondents stating there was a problem with speeding on the road.

A variety of suggestions were made about how to tackle the problem, including better enforcement of the 20mph speed limit, including the introduction of speed cameras, and  speed humps being put into the area.

Cllr Paul Gadsby at July’s Lambeth Council meeting

Petition launched to stop cuts to Lambeth bus services

Lambeth Labour has launched a petition against planned government cuts to local bus services in the borough, some of which will affect bus routes that run through Myatt’s Fields.

Local Labour councillors, including Cllr Paul Gadsby, and Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy signing Lambeth Labour’s petition at the Lambeth Country show.

The petition states:

Under current plans, drawn up by Transport for London (TfL) in response to Tory cuts, the following local buses are affected:

• Route 45 would be completely withdrawn and no longer run at all.
• Route 59 would no longer serve stops between Holmewood Road and Telford Avenue. It would instead extend to Clapham Park via Streatham Place.

The changes would affect a number of other buses which go through Lambeth, including the 133 & N133 – full details of proposed changes can be found at haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/busreview

Local councillors Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop are urging Myatt’s Fields residents to sign the petition, as well as contribute to the Tfl review.

Brixton Chamber Orchestra announces summer tour

The twenty two piece Brixton Chamber Orchestra has announced its tour dates for summer 2022, with two events set for the Myatt’s Fields area.

Featuring special guest vocalists and rappers, the orchestra’s free event programme includes gigs at the Myatt’s Fields Band Stand and the Myatt’s South estate.

Full details of the tour:

Friday 22nd July | 16:00 | Myatt’s Field Bandstand | SE5 9BW

Friday 22nd July | 19:00 | Stockwell Estate Hall of Fame | SW9 0TE

Saturday 23rd July | 16:00 | St. Matthew’s Estate | SW2 1LY

Saturday 23rd July | 19:00 | Holmewood Gardens Park | SW2 3NB

Sunday 24th July | 16:00 | Cressingham Gardens Estate | SW2 2QG

Sunday 24th July | 19:00 | Moorlands Estate | SW9 8QT

Friday 29th July | 16:00 | Angell Town | SW9 7JX

Friday 29th July | 19:00 | Myatt’s Field South Community Hall | SW9 6QG

Saturday 30th July | 16:00 | Clapham Park Estate | SW4 8EP

Saturday 30th July | 19:00 | Deronda Estate | SW2 3DG

Sunday 31st July | 16:00 | Edmundsbury Estate | SW9 8AY

Five new electrical vehicle charging points set for Myatt’s Fields

Lambeth Council have confirmed that five new electrical charging points for vehicles will be installed in the Myatt’s Fields area in the next year to supplement the eight already in place. This will be part of 116 new lamp column charging points rolled out across Lambeth.

The plans were revealed in response to a question submitted to July’s Lambeth Council meeting by Cllr Paul Gadsby on behalf of Myatt’s Fields councillors. More charging points for electric vehicles was one issue raised with councillors during their recent roving surgeries, with particularly strong feedback that more needed to be installed on local council estates.

Lambeth’s statement said:

We have over 250 lamp column chargers across the borough as well as 58 Fast chargers and 20 Rapid chargers. We have secured funding for a further 116 Lamp column charge points for delivery in 22/23 and are going through a procurement process for a further 8 Ultra Rapid Charge points.   

Of the 116 charge points due for delivery in 22/23, we plan to install 5 within the Myatt’s Field area to supplement the existing 8 charge points.  

We are currently in the process of updating our Electric Vehicle Strategy and delivery plan.

This work is being developed and will enable a bid into the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure scheme when the fund opens in late 2022. The aim of the strategy update is to ensure we deliver an appropriate number of chargers to support the wider de-carbonisation of transport in Lambeth, in line with the Climate Action Plan. Noting Cllr Gadsby’s request for plans relating to the Myatts Field ward, consideration as to which estates are to be included in the bid will be given over the next few months.”

Responding to the statement from the Council, Cllr Gadsby and Cllr Gallop said:

“We are pleased that Lambeth has listened to residents and new charging points will be installed in the coming year: we are especially pleased that the Council will be looking at installing these on our estates not just street areas.

“In our view, Myatt’s Fields does need more sustainable travel infrastructure, including additional bike storage racks like those recently installed on Paulet Road. We will keep pressing for more green travel investment in our area.”

Myatt’s Fields Park hosts Pride in the Park event on Saturday 18 June

Myatt’s Fields Park will be hosting a Pride in the Park event on Saturday, 18 June between 3pm and 7pm.

Details of the event include:

There will be fun for all the family with Rainbow Craft games for children and performances /music later on in the day for everyone.

Sit, eat, dance and celebrate love in a place where we all belong!

If you have any questions, please email Nathan at Nathan.Lewis@blackthrive.org.

Saturday, 18  June 2022 

3:00-7:00pm.

Lambeth announces package of measures to help residents struggling with cost-of-living crisis

Myatt’s Fields residents in the grip of the Tories’ cost-of-living crisis are being offered help to make ends meet by Labour-controlled Lambeth council.

In line with Labour’s manifesto promise during last month’s local elections, the package will offer extra financial help for those residents caught in the grip of the emergency by funding free school meals during the school holidays for families on low incomes, and direct payments to thousands of residents who are struggling to pay their bills.

Funding will be available to those who need it most in the borough at a time when many people in our communities are struggling with rising household bills by offering:

  • A targeted £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate for those on Council Tax Support not living in Band A-D properties
  • £100 Additional support for low-income pensioner households
  • £50 Additional support for low-income households (non-pensioners)
  • £20 per child per week additional support for households with children, during the school holidays

Myatt’s Fields councillors Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby said:

“Many of our residents are already struggling to pay for basic needs like food and fuel; we can’t and won’t stand by and allow this crisis to let rip across the borough while the Tories in Westminster stumble from one scandal to the next.

“This package of support will help the people in our communities who are suffering the most. It is part of our commitment as Lambeth Labour to do everything we can to shield everyone, particularly our most vulnerable, from the worst effects of this crisis.

“At the elections last month we made a manifesto commitment to take whatever action we can to help our residents at this difficult time. Now it’s time for us to deliver on that promise.”

Details of the scheme can be found here.

Cllr David Amos, Cabinet Member for Finance, talks about the new package here.

Polling stations for local elections on 5 May 2022

On Thursday, 5 May, residents in Myatt’s Fields will have the opportunity to cast their votes for two local ward councillors who will represent the area for the next four years.

Polling stations will be open 7am to 10pm, and will be located at the following locations in the ward:

Christchurch School, Cancell Road, SW9 6HN

Myatt’s North Community Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, SW9 6FZ

The Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY

For more information about polling day please take a look at this page – you can read the local pledges from the Labour candidates here.

New bike storage hangers set to be installed on Paulet Road

Following campaigning by local councillors, Lambeth Council has confirmed they will be installing two new bike storage hangers on Paulet Road in the next few months for the use of residents in nearby street properties and the estate.

Spaces in the new hangers will cost just £3.50 a month and are part of programme to create 250 new cycle storage spaces across the borough in the next few months, adding to the hundreds already in use.

In recent years, new hangers have been installed on a number of roads across Myatt’s Fields, including on the Myatt’s South estate, Cranmere Road, Lilford Road and a number of streets surrounding Myatt’s Fields Park.

Cllr Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop said:

“This is great news for residents on Paulet Road who have been lobbying for many years, with councillors, for affordable cycle storage space. We do know that many other parts of the community want to see cycle hangers on their streets or estates, and we have made it a top priority to deliver more in the next few years across Myatt’s Fields.”

Lambeth Council will be contacting residents on Paulet Road soon with advice on how to apply for one of the new cycle storage spaces.

More information about the bike hanger programme, and details of how to nominate your street to be considered for more cycle storage, can be found here.