Next Safer Neighbourhood Panel to be held on 22 February

The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 22 February 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.

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Have your say on action to end harassment at sexual and reproductive health clinics

Lambeth Council has opened a consultation to hear what residents think about proposals to introduce a ‘PSPO’ for sexual health and reproductive health clinics in Lambeth to protect women and girls accessing services, including at the clinic on Brixton Hill. This follows a Labour motion at the recent Council meeting calling for a public spaces protection order (PSPO).

Evidence collected by the Back Off campaign, the British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS) campaign to end harassment and intimidation outside clinics, paints a troubling picture of the experience of staff and service users at Marie Stopes in Brixton and BPAS in Streatham.

One woman said she suffered from an existing mental health condition and the comments from protestors “significantly increased my anxiety and anger”. Another user said they made her feel “uncomfortable and afraid of what would happen”. One said the activities “upset people already going through a traumatic situation”.

While everyone has the right to protest peacefully, Lambeth Labour believe it is completely unacceptable for women to be subject to intimidation and harassment simply for exercising their legal right to access abortion services. Read more on the background to this issue here.

Lambeth Council is now consulting on a draft PSPO that would seek to reduce harassment and intimidation and the relaying of false information at the Marie Stopes clinic on Brixton Hill and the BPAS clinic in Streatham.

The Council need to balance the rights of the community to enjoy public spaces without being affected by ASB, with the civil liberties of individuals and groups who may be affected by any restrictions imposed. Whether you are affected by the ASB or would be restricted by the terms of the draft PSPO, you can have your say before 26 February:

New trees on their way for Brixton Hill

Following lobbying by Brixton Hill councillors, a number of new street trees are to be located around the area a part of a Lambeth-wide programme. Whilst contributing to create a more attractive environment for all, the planting will also improve the overall environmental quality, (including air quality and noise reduction), of our neighbourhood.

Subject to final ground scan surveys the locations chosen are:

  1. Baytree Road (several including Ginkgo and Juneberry trees, sadly no Baytrees)
  2. Lyham Road (a number of ornamental pear trees)
  3. Sudbourne Road (nine new trees including oak, Prunus and field maple)
  4. Trent Road (four to include a crabapple)

Treeplanting is starting this month and will continue through to April. Residents in roads affected are currently being written to to let them know about the project.

The borough-wide planting programme will be funded by the Transport for London LIP and GLA grants.

Lambeth Town Hall set to reopen – with new community rooms for hire

Lambeth’s newly refurbished Town Hall on Brixton Hill is set to reopen with neighbouring residents of Arlington Lodge and Porden Road joining Brixton Hill councillors as the very first guests of the Mayor in the Mayor’s Parlour later today. Staff will begin to move back in and internal works will be completed over coming weeks and Lambeth residents will soon be able to see the transformation of the 1908 Grade II listed building.

While several rooms in the Town Hall will be available at commercial rates to bring in income to the Council to support services to the public, two rooms will be set aside specifically for community use. The two rooms, at the front of the Town Hall, can accommodate 8 or 16 people boardroom-style, or more for meetings.

They will be available for £25 or £40 per hour, with no peak rates and a minimum hire period of just one hour, unlike the rest of the building. Bookings of two hours or less in the community rooms will not require a damage deposit. In the rest of the building, a discount of 50% on the core hire fee will be applied to community/charity use for larger events.

Clean bus corridor comes into force on Brixton Hill to address air pollution

cleanairAs you may have spotted on Brixton Hill’s bus stops, Sadiq Khan’s Low Emission Bus zone between Brixton and Streatham has come into force. It means only the cleanest types of buses will be used by Transport for London down Brixton Hill.

The zone is only the second in London and was brought in by Mayor Khan after Brixton Hill’s councillors campaigned about the quality of the air in the local area, which has seen rising pollution and unsafe amounts recorded at local schools. Almost 10,000 premature deaths in London each year are estimated to arise from air pollution.

Now that the clean bus corridor is in place, we will continue to campaign for other measures to reduce air pollution, including more tree planting, smarter logistics for delivery companies and the extension of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to the South Circular.

Next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 16 November

The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 16 November 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.

Be Winter Ready, says new campaign

As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.

That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.

To Be Winter Ready, you should:

  • Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
  • Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

In recent years the chances of unplanned problems with electricity and gas supply have reduced dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.

Despite this, our gas and electricity networks can be affected by natural events, with severe winter weather potentially causing significant damage. The gas and electricity network operators are urging the public to Be Winter Ready. Make sure you’re prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency.

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?!

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.