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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Day-long trial of New Park Road scheme

LogoNew proposals to improve safety and facilities for people walking and cycling in and around New Park Road and around Richard Atkins School are to be trialled for a day later this week on 26 February.

Sustrans have been working in the area since summer 2015 when Lambeth Council asked them to help respond to safety concerns. Twelve accidents had happened near the Richard Atkins School because of the amount of traffic cutting through New Park Road and lack of safe crossing points.

After listening to resident and councillor feedback on the initial designs Sustrans did further work with the community in December and January and developed new proposals. The new design aim to improve the local environment, calm traffic along New Park Road and help keep all road users, especially children at the school, safer and healthier.

The team have also been able to secure more funding from Transport for London to create permanent improvements and add more value to local businesses and residents.

Please come along and help to try out the new designs on the 26 February. This one day trial will allow everyone to visualise and test changes which can improve safety and improve the local neighbourhood for all. Several thousand local households have been sent letters as well as promotion via social media, on the Brixton Blog and local noticeboards. Continue reading

Launch of Holmewood Neighbourhood Association

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A residents’ association has been relaunched to cover the ‘Holmewood’ area – covering Holmewood Gardens and the neighbouring roads of Holmewood Road, Maplestead Road, Cotherstone Road and Rush Common Mews.

The Association initially formed in 1998 and was extremely active for several years. In partnership with the Council it developed and implemented the country’s first ever Home Zone and rebuilt the park playground. The Association relaunched in January and has a website at www.holmewood.org.uk.

Upcoming plans include a tree planting day this Saturday, 20th February.

Brixton Hill councillors look forward to working with the Association and its members.

Traffic light replacement at Christchurch Road Junction with Cotherstone Road

Works by Transport for London are due to start for three weeks to replace the traffic lights on Christchurch Road at the junction with Cotherstone Road. This work is part of TfL’s Road Modernisation Plan.

The works are planned to start on Monday 15 February 2016 and will last for approximately three weeks depending on the weather conditions. The map below shows you the areas affected. The works will take place on Mondays to Fridays between 08:00 and 18:00, Saturdays between 09:30 and 15:30 and Sundays between 09:00 and 13:00.

During the works, TfL will put in some traffic management measures such as lane closures and temporary traffic lights with pedestrian facilities to ensure the safety of those using the road.

Obviously some disruption is inevitable but should residents require further information or an update during the delivery of these works, please contact our Customer Services team on 0343 222 1234 or via the web at tfl.gov.uk/contact.

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URGENT: Planning application for housing at Diamond Merchants site

2015-12-04 12.43.33A planning application has been submitted for the site currently home to Diamond Merchants, the hardware and tool hire company on Acre Lane on the corner with Baytree Road.

The plans involve ‘Demolition of buildings and erection of a part 2, part 4. part 5 and part 6-storey building plus basement to provide 610sqm of retail space (A1 Use Class), 25 flats and 2 family houses together with associated cycle and waste storage and hard and soft landscaping to form communal amenity space.’

The site neighbours the planned extension of Sudbourne School and faces the Trinity conservation area. Councillors are concerned that no affordable homes are included in the plans and will be objecting on this basis.

Residents can make comments here

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