This Sunday: ‘Disco Fever Street Party’ in Sulina Road

This Sunday 3rd September sees the annual street party in Sulina Road, organised by the Sulina, Morrish & Wallis Cottages RTA. This year’s theme is Disco Fever – great music, lots of dancing and plenty of GLITTER! The organisers ask you to dress colourfully, 70s style, anything with glitter… with a prize for the best outfit (human and pets).

The Street Party Band will be performing Disco-themed songs plus DJ Don, DavidJ’s Funk Band and Balham Ukelele Society. Events will include the Spoon and Glitterball Race and Roll the Record, plus the Pina Colada competition – bring a jug of yours! There will be street yoga and stalls, and activities for kids including face painting and an under-5s disco.

Apart from dressing up, the organisers also invite you to bring food and drink to share – for the BBQ (meat/vegetarian), a salad, a pudding or favourite dishes from different countries; charcoal for the BBQ; or contribute 70s food – anyone for cheese and pineapple, vol au vents or Angel Delight?!

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Next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 17 August

The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 17 August at 7pm. The venue is the Clapham Park Project at 1-4 Brixton Hill Place off Brixton Hill, SW2 1HJ.

The panel is an opportunity to discuss local concerns and to and set priorities for the local police team.

You can find out more about local crime statistics and police priorities for Brixton Hill at www.met.police.uk/your-area/lambeth/brixton-hill.

Child cycle training and Toddler Bike Market coming to Brixton Hill on 19th August

As part of a series of free, learn-to-ride sessions this summer holidays organised by Lambeth Council, there will be an event on Saturday 19th August in Windmill Gardens.

The idea of the session is to help parents and guardians teach their children to cycle. Experts from Peddle My Wheels will show you the easiest and most effective way of getting kids cycling. As they describe the training, ‘hopefully some of them will be riding on their own by the end of the session but if not you’ll know how to finish the task off and in no time they will be able to ride around the park on their own…and there will not be a stabiliser in sight!’

If they need a bike there will be a selection of affordable second-hand bikes for sale averaging £15, with some new children’s helmets available also for £15.

All ages are welcome, no booking just turn up from 10am to 3pm. Bring your child with their bike and helmet. The session is aimed at children 6 and under but older kids are welcome.

Application for Clapham Park ‘masterplan’ submitted – public events next week

The planning application for the Clapham Park Estate area was submitted on 31 July, with new plans to increase the number of affordable homes and public amenity space from the previous plans following the stock transfer of the estate to Metropolitan Housing.

Metropolitan say the new design will allow them to improve housing standards further and increase the delivery of affordable housing. The amount and quality of amenity space has been increased from the original masterplan and a comprehensive package of sustainability measures – including living roofs, bat and bird boxes, Car Club availability and electric vehicle charging points – is provided as part of the planning application.

They add that the submission of the planning application, which follows a large number of consultation events, marks an important step forward in their ambition to continue to revitalise the area for residents and the community, and to fulfil their obligations under the stock transfer agreement.

Metropolitan will be holding public events on 15 August (3–8pm), 16 August (9am–12pm) and 19 August (1–5pm) at the Pop-Up Shop on Kings Avenue, SW4 8EU, where information about the proposal will be provided.

Upper Tulse Hill to be closed on several occasions for next 18 months

A road closure notice has been published seeking the closure of Upper Tulse Hill at the Brixton Hill end on several days over the next eighteen months to allow investigatory water works.

It is currently anticipated that the works would be carried out in phases on 5th August 2017, 3rd February 2018, 4th August 2018 and 2nd February 2019 but if the works cannot be carried out or completed on these dates, then the Order may have effect at other times within the maximum period of 18 months.

Update on Brixton Hill burst water pipe

img_8282A burst water pipe this morning at 04.50am has caused major disruption and could potentially mean that Brixton Hill is closed until after the weekend. This has now been found to be a 12-inch pipe rather than an 18-inch water main, but the volume of water this morning saw Brixton Hill become a torrent and streams of people walking from Streatham to Brixton as buses were caught up in the jam.

Below is an update on the event and the action that Thames Water is taking:

  • Thames Water have excavated the damaged pipe and are preparing to cut out the broken section.  They have said that they will be working on replacing this as quickly as they can.
  • No buildings appear to have been flooded and damage beyond the immediate road surface is currently minimal.
  • They do not expect water supplies in the area to be affected by the burst but are keeping bottled water supplies and tankers on standby in the area as a contingency.
  • Brixton Hill is currently closed and diversions are in place, but Thames Water will discuss plans to re-open the road with Transport for London (TfL).

Councillors have stressed that permanent traffic diversions cannot lead to further burden to existing rat runs such as Dumbarton and Lyham Road. We have also made clear that Thames Water need to do more to reduce the number and impact of burst pipes in Streatham and Brixton Hill. Today there have also burst pipes in Leigham Vale and St Julian’s Farm Road. This level of disruption is unacceptable and Thames Water need to address this urgently.

If residents have any queries please call Thames Water on 0800 3169800, quoting your address.  Lines are open 24 hours a day.  They are also available via Facebook or Twitter.

10 homes planned for former Toyota garage at 237 Brixton Hill

A planning application has been made for the former Toyota garage at 237 Brixton Hill by the bus depot.

The plans consist of the demolition of the existing building on site and erection of a four-storey building comprising commercial floorspace on part of ground floor and basement level and provision of 10 self-contained residential units.

As your local councillors, our initial thought is that this development could be too large for this site and out of keeping, and we are concerned by the lack of affordable housing in the development. But we want to know what residents think and to remind neighbours of the opportunity to tell the Council direct. Continue reading

Brixton Hill off licence Kwik Stop forced to end 24-7 alcohol sales

kwik stopFollowing a review instigated by Lambeth Council Trading Standards, the Licensing Sub-Committee has agreed to put new conditions on the Kwik-Stop Food & Wine at 72 Brixton Hill that mean it will no longer be able to sell alcohol overnight.

The latest review was instigated following the discovery of an alleged illegal worker in the shop. The apparent employment of the same man at nearby Costcutters (which has the same owners) led to that shop having its hours reduced earlier this year. A previous review of Kwik Stop in 2015 imposed new conditions that did not appear to have been stuck to since then. Both the Police and the Council in their submissions linked the low sales associated with opening overnight with the move to employ illegal workers. Local residents also made submissions, some in support of the shop but more stating that the off licence contributed to nuisance, noise and street drinking.

After hearing the submissions and making its deliberations, the Licensing Sub-Committe decided:

  • To remove Zaffar Khan as the Designated Premises Supervisor; and
  • To modify the operating schedule for the premises so as to reduce its opening hours to 08:00 and 23:00.

The premises have until late July to appeal this decision.

The Great Get Together on Sudbourne Road this Sunday

DB-iG1xWAAA_ilhThis Sunday will see the return of the Sudbourne Road street party as part of the national event, The Great Get Together.  This invites people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common, inspired by Jo Cox, the MP killed on 16 June last year.

Sudbourne Road’s event takes place from 2pm until the evening on Sunday 18 June and features a shared lunch, kids’ activities, a chill-out tea and cake area, and plenty of music and other activities.

The Street Party is a free get together – it’s not a political event or a fundraiser – but an occasion to bring friends and neighbours together to share food, music and entertainment. Councillors will be there to support the event.

Last call for entries for ‘Blooming Lambeth’

‘Blooming Lambeth’ is a celebration of growing, greening and innovations happening in Lambeth, a partnership between Lambeth Council and Incredible Edible Lambeth. Residents are asked to take a look at the categories and nominate yourself, your neighbours, a community group, or your whole street or estate as an example of what’s best about Lambeth and the people who live here.

Applicants for each category of the competition are asked to send in a photo and a description of ‘your story’ in three sentences by the deadline of 16th June. For an entry form phone 020 7926 3401 or email bloom@lambeth.gov.uk.

The categories are:

  • Home in Bloom – for front or back gardens
  • Community in bloom – if you have an estate or community garden to be proud of
  • Food growing – your individual (or your neighbour’s) vegetable patch, herb garden, window box or container garden
  • Innovation – The best initiative or project. Something you or someone you know has done to change things for the better
  • Windowbox or balcony – Some people can make the most out the smallest of spaces
  • Community food growing – for the group that gardens together and contributes to the community.

The prize for each category is £100 garden centre vouchers. Incredible Edible Lambeth will be judging the entries in each category and holding an awards ceremony at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace on 12 October 2017.