Lambeth Council has confirmed that another new cycle storage hanger will be installed in Myatt’s Fields at Silverburn House on the Lothian estate.
The installation is a direct response to lobbying from local councillors who made a formal request to the Council for the hanger following feedback from Silverburn House residents during recent roving surgeries on the estate. Many households were having to store their bikes in their flats owing to a lack of cycle storage in the area.
Spaces in the new hanger will cost just £3.50 a month. The Council will be consulting residents in Silverburn House about a possible location for the new hanger before it is installed.
The latest announcement follows the installation of a number of new hangers in Myatt’s Fields, including on Cromwell Road (see picture below), the Paulet Road estate, Knatchbull Road, Lilford Road and other estates in the neighbourhood.
Local Councillors Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop, said:
“We are really pleased that another cycle storage hanger is being installed in Myatt’s Fields – and would like to thank the Council for listening to resident feedback. Of course, we will be pushing for more hangers as clearly there is a big public demand for cheap, affordable cycle storage space.”
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.
Myatt’s Fields is to get a share of a multi-million pound investment by Lambeth Borough Council aimed at boosting sustainable travel across our communities.
Called ‘The Big Shift’, it follows a campaign by councillors Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby calling for action to address serious traffic-related issues, including rat-running and heavy congestion. The councillors welcomed the move and thanked the authority for taking notice of the many residents who supported their campaign.
Launching the new funding programme, Lambeth Council said:
“The climate crisis and the rising cost of living pose very real threats to the livelihoods of people who live and work in Lambeth today. If we are to meet those challenges head on and create a more equal borough for all of us, we all need to make changes in our lives – including in how we travel around Lambeth. That’s why we have launched The Big Shift – a £17.7 million investment which brings life to Lambeth Labour’s ambitious plan to cut air pollution, reduce road danger, support access and mobility, and help people choose public transport, walking, cycling, and scooting more often.
“Over the coming months we will announce new school streets, more protected cycle lanes, a huge increase in bike storage for residents, more electric vehicle charging points, community grants for local greening projects, investment into micromobility hubs, parklets and new walking routes, and seven new Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes. We are also supporting local businesses to make the transition to making deliveries by e-cargo bike, in partnership with Peddle My Wheels.”
Myatt’s Fields is one of the target areas that will receive part of the investment: this followed a campaign by Cllrs Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop which highlighted a variety of traffic problems in the community, including congestion on Loughborough Road, speeding around Myatt’s Fields Park and rat running along Patmos and Akerman Roads. Recently, councillors handed in a survey of more than 200 residents about these issues and organised a walkabout in the area for Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air, to see first-hand some of the worst hotspots and meet local residents. Lambeth Council’s research has identified parts of our ward as suffering from the worst traffic related problems in Lambeth.
Cllr Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop said:
“It is really positive news to see that Lambeth has acknowledged the problems on our local roads: we are particularly grateful to Cllr Chowdhury for listening to residents who contributed to our recent surveys and for visiting Myatt’s Fields to meet residents who have to live with dangerous driving or heavy congestion on a daily basis.
“Lambeth Council has given us a pledge to work with local residents to find how best to use the new funding, with discussions beginning in the next financial year.”
More information about the “Big Shift” can be found here.
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.”