Clink Chef Ambassador Cyrus Todiwala coming to Clink Brixton

Celebrated chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL is hosting a special evening at The Clink Restaurant at Brixton Prison to raise vital funds to support The Clink’s ongoing commitment to prisoner rehabilitation and reducing reoffending rates.

Todiwala, who is a chef ambassador for The Clink charity, will invite guests to ‘explore the culinary flavours of India’ with a five-course menu. The evening will begin with drinks and canapés, before serving coconut wrapped fish and curried mince lamb. Other dishes on the menu include Indian-style apricot chicken and caramelised onion rice, sprinkled with spice dust. To finish, guests can indulge in Cyrus’s famous baked custard, flavoured with cardamon, nutmeg and rose scent.

Tickets are £49.50 per person. Places are limited and must be booked in advance in order to attend. Please email brixton@theclinkrestaurant.com for more information and to book your table.

Part of Upper Tulse Hill to be closed for works

A road order for a temporary road closure of Upper Tulse Hill has been published today. In order to allow works to be carried out to repair a water main, vehicles will not be able to use a 30-metre stretch of Upper Tulse Hill from the Brixton Hill end from 24th February.

The works are expected to take just three days although the Order allows for up to one month to allow for contingencies.

Brixton Hill featured in the New York Times “proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag”

ny-timesBrixton Hill has been featured in the New York Times Travel section as an up-and-coming destination, the pitch being that our locally-owned businesses “are successfully eschewing the onslaught of gentrification and proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.”

The article highlights the stretch of Brixton Hill around the White Horse, including Alkaline juice bar, the Fish Lounge, Negril, F.Mondays and Kata Kata.

One local resident told the NYT, “It’s the music and cultural history that made all the developers want to come to Brixton in the first place. On Brixton Hill that creative community spirit is still alive; this area is for real people.”

Francklin of Kata Kata said he appreciates the authenticy of Brixton Hill. “My customers are local and happy to be in a place that is relaxed and fair with basic prices and honesty. That’s what this area is really good at, it’s honest… we want to keep Brixton Hill as it is. It should be the place where a 60-year-old resident can spend an afternoon across the table from a local politician.”

Martin Tiedemann given award for support to Latin American community

img_7404In the presence of the Deputy Mayor of London, Matthew Ryder QC, and hundreds of community activists, Brixton Hill’s councillor Martin Tiedemann was one of four to be presented with an award to recognise his support for Latin Americans in London.

The event took place at a Colombian restaurant in Elephant & Castle, presented by the organisers of the ‘Mes Amigo‘ or Amigo Month, a month of festivities each autumn celebrating the contribution of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities in the United Kingdom.

Martin, whose mother is from South America, thanked the organisers for the recognition but was able to make clear that organisations like Brixton’s IRMO and the Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK have been the real heroes of the campaign for Latin Americans in London.

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Martin receives his certificate alongside other activists

Martin has also been supporting the #RegisterForRuby campaign, an effort to find a bone marrow donor for Ruby, a Salvadorian mother of two from North London. We are encouraging those of Latin American heritage to urgently register on the bone marrow donors’ register at www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now and help save a life. Read more here

Windmill View – Lambeth’s TRA of the month!

The latest Tenants’ and Residents’ Association Newsletter from Lambeth Council’s Housing Department is out. It features news for TRAs and training offers, alongside the regular ‘TRA of the month’ feature. This month the featured TRA is Windmill View TRA, covering Loats Road, Bowater Close, Claudia Jones Way and some properties on Lyham Road.

One of our recently re-launched TRAs is Windmill View on Lyham Road, Brixton.

They’ve been meeting in the local youth club to get themselves re-registered and constituted. The following was taken from the chair of the TRA, Sonia Bailey, report to the AGM which we think encapsulates why TRAs remain fundamental to our engagement.

“We want to take the TRA forward fully membered and hope to attract persons who share our vision we have to ensure we maintain a community and environment where residents can live a clean, fear-free and safe life with respect for each other.”

The TRA have had their work cut out with major works and anti social behaviour issues which have been successfully resolved working with the Housing office and Police. The TRA are now looking to brighten up some of the play areas on the edge of the estate with a project involving the estate children.

Welcome back Windmill View!!

Review of licence of Costcutter on Brixton Hill

Costcutter at 98 Brixton Hill is subject to a review of its licence following reports of sales to street drinker and of an illegal worker employed at the shop. This comes hot on the heels of the licensing review of Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill.

This was part of an investigation by the Council and Police into 24-hour off licences, which they tell us are disproportionately associated with criminal offences in the area. Employment of illegal workers means that those employees are not subject to other rights at work and are easily exploited and can betray a lack of commitment to other laws. Street drinking and associated public nuisance is frequently reported in the area and Lambeth relies on properly run shops and venues to help deal with the issue.

The Council has therefore sought to deal with these serious offences by revoking the license. The details of their case can be read here.

The review will be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee at a future meeting. Interested parties can make a written representation by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 24th February. Residents can also contact councillors should they wish for representations to be made on their behalf. Representations should address the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

Use our survey to tell us what you think about road safety in Brixton Hill

captureOver recent months many residents have written to us with concerns about road safety. We have written to the Council and brought senior decision makers here on walkabouts. Last week, Martin Tiedemann asked a written question at Council on road safety and followed it up at the meeting with a question about the New Park Road scheme.

We have already been able to get some local changes:

However, we know there is more to be done. We’ve been told about speeding on Lyham Road and dangerous driving on Dumbarton and Kildoran Roads. There have been very serious accidents recently by the Town Hall and on Kingswood Road. We have concerns about many of our road junctions, especially for cyclists. Continue reading

Question to Council regarding road safety and 20mph enforcement

File 29-01-2017, 22 07 16.pngAt last week’s full Council, Cllr Martin Tiedemann was able to put down a written question concerning road safety in Brixton Hill. He addressed enforcement of 20mph, rat runs and speeding through the area and unsafe pedestrian crossings, especially the zebra crossing on Kings Avenue. The cabinet member gave a comprehensive response.

At the meeting, Martin was able to follow this up with an oral question, where he raised the New Park Road safety scheme. Cllr Tiedemann thanked the Council for completing the scheme and asked for monitoring to ensure it was doing its job and ensuring safety for residents and the pupils of Richard Atkins Primary School. Cllr Brathwaite was able to assure us that monitoring is indeed taking place and results would be shared soon. Continue reading

Investing in apprenticeships

construction-for-security-services1.jpgJobs and apprenticeships for young people in Brixton Hill was one of our key pledges locally in the 2014 elections. Now, a new levy on developers could help to create hundreds of new apprenticeships for young people in Lambeth.

With millions of pounds of investment going into the borough across dozens of sites, the new ‘Employment and Skills’ planning document will help ensure that local people benefit from the growth that is taking place in the borough.

Addressing the skills gap and providing local people with the training and qualifications they need to secure good, well-paid jobs is a key focus of the SPD. Although the local economy is performing well in many respects, unemployment remains above the national average and 18% of working age residents lack basic skills (NVQ level 2 qualifications or higher). This means that local people often miss the opportunities available as a central London borough – according to the most recent figures a quarter of job vacancies in the borough last year were hard to fill due to skill shortages.  Continue reading