Campaign to extend Santander bikes to Brixton

Brixton Labour Party

By Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability – originally published on Lambeth Labour’s website.

Cllr Jenny Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability recently wrote to the Mayor of London to call for the extension of the TFL Cycle Hire Scheme to Brixton. This extension is long overdue and would greatly benefit residents in Brixton and throughout much of Lambeth. A copy of the letter can be seen below. 

Boris Johnson MP
Mayor of London
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk,
London, SE1 2AA

Dear Mr Mayor,

I am contacting you regarding the Transport for London Cycle Hire Scheme and the possibility of extending the scheme to Brixton. Lambeth Council has made a significant commitment to ensuring that our borough is the most cycle-friendly in London and the extension of the Cycle Hire Scheme would represent an important contribution to that ambition.

The TfL Cycle Hire Scheme has been…

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Road safety measures to be trialled on New Park Road

LogoAs previously mentioned, the DIY Schools Richard Atkins project came about due to parent, councillor and residents’ complaints about lack of safe crossing points and high number of accidents (12 in the last three years) outside the school and volume of traffic using New Park Road as a cut-through.

Following a great deal of consultation with residents and parents, proposed designs have been produced that can be viewed online. These are now to be introduced on an experimental basis. Residents can attend one of the following events to raise questions or concerns:

  • Drop in/pop up – At the junction between Lyham/Chale and Dumbarton roads | Thursday 24th September 5pm-8pm
  • Design review and Q&A – Meeting at Clapham Park Project, 1-4 Brixton Hill Place | 30th September 7pm – 9pm
  • Drop in/pop up – Outside The Hand in Hand Pub, New Park Road | 7th October 5pm-8pm

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Council announces new details of parking stress review in Lambeth

ParkingLambeth council have announced further details of the parking stress review taking place in the borough, confirming that Brixton Hill remains a priority for the project.

The review was unveiled earlier in the year after sustained lobbying from residents and local councillors – Florence Eshalomi, Adrian Garden and Martin Tiedemann – around the New Park Road/Kingswood Road area. Although ballots on controlled parking zones (CPZs) for this part of Brixton were mostly rejected in 2009, councillors have been calling for the area’s parking issues to be re-examined as the population rises in the area and more cars have been parking on this patch as streets further down Brixton Hill have adopted CPZs.

Lambeth have announced changes to the timescale of the project, which began in April, after it was found more work needed to be done to examine the impact of any potential changes in specific areas on traffic in the whole of the borough. The formal work examining issues in Brixton Hill will now begin in October as part of the first six month phase. Continue reading

Walk for Clean Air down Brixton Hill this weekend

pollutionThe campaign group, Lambeth for a Cool Planet, is organising a “Walk for Clean Air” down Brixton Hill on Sunday 13 September.

The A23 through Streatham and Brixton has some of the worst levels of air pollution in the country – annual EU limits for Nitrogen Dioxide had already been reached by mid-January 2015. Air pollution affects lung development in children and has many negative health effects, especially for older people, those with asthma, and those living or working near roads. About 9,500 premature deaths in London each year are attributed to air pollution.

Brixton Hill’s councillors were part of a group of councillors who wrote to the Mayor of London demanding that heavily polluting buses through the area are replaced as an important way to help deal with the issue. We were pleased that several routes will now be upgraded to cleaner buses. The 109 will be most improved by the changes, getting the new Euro VI which reduces polluting nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 95%. The 333 will have a new vehicle that will reduce NOx by around 50 per cent. But there is much more to be done, locally and as part of a Londonwide response.

The campaigners are meeting at 2pm this Sunday at the top of Rush Common (just below Holmewood Road) and walking to Windrush Square, Brixton. The event is listed on Facebook.

Butterflies make Brixton Hill residents smile

Beautiful butterflies

South London Press

People walking past the Town Hall over the summer may have noticed some new additions to the flower beds outside by a local artist. Beautiful hand-painted butterflies were installed by local artist Magdalen Rubalcava to brighten up Brixton and ‘make people smile’.

Magdalen, who is well known locally from her work at Brixton Windmill, was supported by Brixton Hill councillor Adrian Garden and Veolia in the project. She made almost 100 butterflies by hand in various materials, building up to a grand Butterfly Finale ahead of the closure of the Town Hall for refurbishment.

The butterflies, which featured in the South London Press, are now moving to other locations in Lambeth and will be auctioned off for FoodCycle.

New Town Hall given planning permission

YNTH-sketchLast week Lambeth Planning Committee voted unanimously to give planning permission to the New Town Hall project, comprising the refurbishment of the Town Hall, a new civic complex on Town Hall Parade, new housing to replace Hambrook House and Olive Morris House further along Brixton Hill, the conversion of Ivor House on Acre Lane and new public space on Buckner Road.

Residents addressed the meeting and were able to give eloquent accounts of their concerns regarding both the construction and the impact of the new developments. The developers, Muse, also addressed the meeting and outlined how the project had already changed to try and reflect residents’ issues after two years of consultation. However, clearly, with a proposal of this scale there would still be considerable impact on residents – for some individual properties we recognise that impact is severe. Continue reading