Do you want a Controlled Parking Zone for Brixton Hill?

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An official but informal Council consultation has opened this week on whether residents want to see new parking controls in streets in Brixton Hill where no restrictions currently exist.

Since being elected as Brixton Hill’s councillors in 2014, we have received hundreds of emails, letters and petition signatures asking for controlled parking to be extended to the roads south and west of Brixton Prison. We have been pushing throughout this period for a consultation to once again be undertaken to see if residents genuinely do wish to see parking controls extended across the ward, and what form they might take.

The new consultation has been set up following the conclusion of Lambeth’s parking stress review, which was launched after lobbying from local councillors and residents. This concluded that a large area north of the South Circular was suffering from high levels of parking stress meaning residents struggle to park near their homes on weekdays when commuters are taking up many of the spaces. We have heard incidents of road rage and danger for pedestrtans and cyclists. There is also concern that residents in nearby CPZ areas may be parking their cars in roads without controls.

We are pleased that the Council has taken on board our points in the review and is now proposing a Controlled Parking Zone for all non-estate roads in the area north of the South Circular. It may be that some roads have different requirements or preferences and residents can for instance suggest hours of operation for any proposed CPZ in their area. We will be looking closely at results to ensure any proposals down the line reflect what residents tell us they prefer.

If you do not support any parking controls, we need to hear your voice too! Please make your comments on the survey. Brixton Hill councillors do not want to see controls imposed if the majority of residents do not support them

Residents can find out more about the consultation at www.lambeth.gov.uk/bhcpz and the survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BrixtonHillCPZ.  The closing date for the consultation is 20th October.

There will be a drop in session with Lambeth traffic engineers at Richard Atkins Primary School on 1st October, 10am-4pm.

New arrangements for Chuka’s surgeries

Following a review of the security and safety of Chuka Umunna MP’s advice surgeries over the summer, these are now back up and running with some minor alterations.

Brixton Hill off-licence applies to go 24-hour

license1Top Joe’s, who have taken over UK Food & Wine at 262 Brixton Hill, have applied for the ability to sell alcohol 24 hours, seven days a week. Currently sales of alcohol are only permitted 8am to 11pm through the week and 10am to 10.30pm Sundays.

Last year the Licensing Sub Committee placed strong restrictions on the licence of UK Food & Wine after representations by the Council, Police and Cllr Martin Tiedemann. There were reports of sexual harassment, public nuisance and crime at the area, exacerbated by the sale of alcohol especially high strength alcohol and spirits. The store was found to be selling smuggled alcohol and there were other management issues. At the hearing, Licensing members decided to restrict the kinds of alcohol the store could sell and make other provisions to ensure the management kept to their responsibilities.

The new management are now seeking approval to extend the hours. Residents can make representations, either for or against, by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk – any representation must relate to at least one of the licensing objectives: preventing crime and disorder; public safety; preventing public nuisance; or protecting children from harm.

The deadline for representations has been extended to 15 October 2016.

Events for Brixton Windmill 200th anniversary

Events continue to celebrate Brixton Windmill’s 200th anniversary in 2016.

This weekend sees the Harvest Festival, coinciding with Brixton Design Trail and Open House Weekend. A highlight will be local pattern and print designers Eley Kishimoto  who will dress the windmill sails with their striking Flash design. There’s a chance to see flour being ground at the windmill, local bakery the Old Post Office will run baking demonstrations alongside Brockwell Bake, selling products made from Brixton Windmill flour, and refreshments will be available as well as a chance to buy Brixton Windmill flour. Continue reading

Brixton Design Trail events in Brixton Hill

Brixton Design Trail 2016 starts today with a series of events and activities until 25th September. Under the theme ‘Rebel Rebel’, it aims to engage the local community and wider design world with a series of installations, exhibitions and events throughout the town centre by resident artists, designers and creative organisations. Rebel Rebel of course plays tribute to Brixton’s own David Bowie.

Several activities are taking place in Brixton Hill. 

  • F Mondays at 112A Brixton Hill is hosting an exhibition by screenprinter Chiara Leto all week.
  • Brixton Windmill has a Harvest Festival 1-5 on Sunday 18th September, coinciding with its 200th anniversary year and Open House Weekend. As well as rural crafts and baking demonstrations, local pattern and print designers Eley Kishimoto will dress the windmill sails with their striking Flash design, made to celebrate the 200th anniversary.
  • The new South Bank UTC, which opened this month in temporary buildings off Horsford Road, has a talk and exhibition at 4pm on 22nd September about training young engineers.

Details of these and all the events across Brixton can be found on brixtondesigntrail.com

Katakata alcohol licence application

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Katakata, the cafe at 134 Brixton Hill, has applied for a licence to sell alcohol.

The application is to sell alcohol from the cafe between 12 noon and 9pm each day, 7pm on Sundays.

Residents have until 27th July to make comments. This can be done online at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/forms/comment-on-a-licence-application-form

Major changes proposed for Brixton Hill bus lanes

Transport for London have launched a major consultation on the bus lanes along Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road, that aims to improve bus times and reliability but will involve narrowing some of the pavements, putting loading bays onto pavements and potential changes for cyclists.

The full details are below and we urge residents to respond. We will make representations that any changes should enhance cyclists’ safety, not endanger pedestrians and tie into much-needed junction and crossing improvements.

Comments can be made on the online survey here and you can also email London Assembly Member and Brixton Hill councillor, Florence Eshalomi AM. Continue reading

TONIGHT: Chuka Umunna debates Europe in Brixton Hill

Chuka Umunna MP is taking part in a public meeting tonight to hear both sides of the European Referendum debate.

Chuka will be speaking on behalf of the Remain campaign with Mustafa Jameel in favour of Leave.

The event takes place at 7.30pm, 15th June 2016, at Corpus Christi Church Hall on Trent Road.

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Brixton Windmill update from Cllr Adrian Garden

By Cllr Adrian Garden, Councillor for Brixton Hill

John Ashby’s Windmill (aka Brixton Windmill) is now the nearest mill to the centre of London. It was built in 1816 in farmland on top of a hill. In the mid 1850s the surrounding cornfields were replaced by houses, so the strength of the wind reduced catastrophically, and the family decamped to their watermill on the Wandle at Mitcham. When that lease ran out in 1902, the family came back and installed a mill powered by a steam engine on the first floor, which is still there, though now powered by electricity. The business finally ceased in 1934.

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