Garden waste service goes weekly

The photos are of resident recycling in Lambeth.From 3 March, Brixton Hill residents can once again register for a year’s garden waste collection from Lambeth Council, which has now changed to a weekly service.

What can be collected

  • grass cuttings
  • leaves and twigs
  • weeds, shrubs, plants and flowers
  • hedge trimmings
  • branches up to 10cm
  • pet bedding from plant-eating animals.

Garden waste will now be collected weekly on the same day as your rubbish, recycling and food waste. Continue reading

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Brixton Prison’s new restaurant opens for public bookings

brixton_2684674bBrixton Hill’s newest restaurant opens its doors next week – The Clink in Brixton Prison!

The restaurant will be situated in the three-storey octagonal  ‘Regency Roundhouse’, the 1819 former Governor’s home, which is Grade II listed. The 100-seat restaurant is on the ground floor with meeting rooms above. As well as an opportunity to eat fine food in the prison – already home to the Bad Boys’ Bakery – this is a chance for residents to understand the work of the prison in the rehabilitation of offenders and to see the otherwise hidden old buildings.

The Clink Restaurant is now taking online table reservations for lunchtime bookings and meeting room hire available from Thursday 27 February 2014 onwards at www.theclinkrestaurant.com/restaurants/book-nowReservations will follow the same strict approval process as operated at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down in Surrey due to the restaurant being located in the heart of the prison. Continue reading

Hagamos que se escuche el voto Latinoamericano

Screenshot 2014-02-20 19.47.38Earlier this year, following a deputation by Latin Americans introduced by the late Mayor Mark Bennett with a wonderful speech in Spanish, Lambeth Council joined Southwark in officially recognising the borough’s Latin American community, which comprises some 40% of all Latinos in the UK. This means that monitoring forms will begin to have Latin American as an option so that the Council can better understand how this community uses it services – or whether the community is missing out.

Now CLAUK, the Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK, have launched a campaign to get Latin Americans resident in the UK to register to vote ahead of the elections on 22 May 2014. Latin Americans with British, European Union or Commonwealth passports are entitled to a vote but many, including here in Brixton Hill, are not registered. Continue reading

Council issues statement regarding Trinity Academy free school

Screenshot 2014-01-26 15.34.24Lambeth Council has issued the following statement regarding Trinity Academy, the ‘Catholic ethos’ free school proposed for the Lambeth College site on Brixton Hill:

Statement

Lambeth, in common with local authorities across the country, has no power or influence over decisions about where free schools are set up.

This means the free school policy can cause havoc for the council’s admissions policy, where schools are set up in areas where there is no demand for places. This is the case with Trinity free school in Brixton where there’s no need for another secondary school.

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Councillor welcomes positive response from Mayor of London to Brixton Hill request

Brixton Hill roadsignLocal Councillor Martin Tiedemann has welcomed the response from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to his December letter calling for junctions and pedestrian on Brixton Hill to be improved.

As Cllr Tiedemann’s letter set out, the junctions with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road and with Josephine Avenue were listed by the Mayor’s office as among the 100 requiring improvement but the Mayor has only allocated funding to 33 of those junctions. Cllr Tiedemann wrote to Boris Johnson and local Assembly Member Val Shawcross CBE asking for funding to be allocated to Brixton Hill to address road safety issues. Continue reading

Five-storey building planned for former petrol station site on Brixton Hill

Screenshot 2014-02-16 16.03.32An application for planning permission for two linked 5-storey buildings has been submitted for the derelict former Elf petrol station on Brixton Hill.

Having been refused planning permission on a previous occasion, developers have returned with a scheme that they say better reflects the surrounding street scene and adjacent Grade II listed buildings. According to the design statement:

“The southern block, a five-storey white rendered block, adopts the proportions, massing and materiality of 132 Brixton Hill Grade II listed building. The northern block, of a red/brown finish, is narrower than the southern part seeking to maintain the proportions of the row of brick terraced houses north along Brixton Hill. It also seeks to tie in with the language of the brick mills and industrial units to the rear of the site.”

The scheme is a mixed use scheme, with ten studio/office units and eight residential units on the upper floors, with no homes deemed ‘affordable’.

The developer is also offering a financial contribution to the upkeep of Windmill Gardens, as well as an agreement that residents would not be eligible for residents’ parking permits in order to reduce the burden on local parking.

Residents can make comments or object to the scheme online here.

Next Brixton Hill police street meetings

metpoliceBrixton Hill’s Safer Neighbourhood Team are holding another set of street briefings where residents can raise issues with the local police and community support officers.

  • Friday 14 February, 12 noon – 12.30 outside Lidl on Acre Lane
  • Monday 17 February, 4 pm – 4.30 pm at the corner of Brixton Hill and Lambert Road