New proposals to improve safety and facilities for people walking and cycling in and around New Park Road and around Richard Atkins School are to be trialled for a day later this week on 26 February.
Sustrans have been working in the area since summer 2015 when Lambeth Council asked them to help respond to safety concerns. Twelve accidents had happened near the Richard Atkins School because of the amount of traffic cutting through New Park Road and lack of safe crossing points.
After listening to resident and councillor feedback on the initial designs Sustrans did further work with the community in December and January and developed new proposals. The new design aim to improve the local environment, calm traffic along New Park Road and help keep all road users, especially children at the school, safer and healthier.
The team have also been able to secure more funding from Transport for London to create permanent improvements and add more value to local businesses and residents.
Please come along and help to try out the new designs on the 26 February. This one day trial will allow everyone to visualise and test changes which can improve safety and improve the local neighbourhood for all. Several thousand local households have been sent letters as well as promotion via social media, on the Brixton Blog and local noticeboards. Continue reading
A residents’ association has been relaunched to cover the ‘Holmewood’ area – covering Holmewood Gardens and the neighbouring roads of Holmewood Road, Maplestead Road, Cotherstone Road and Rush Common Mews.
The Association initially formed in 1998 and was extremely active for several years. In partnership with the Council it developed and implemented the country’s first ever Home Zone and rebuilt the park playground. The Association relaunched in January and has a website at www.holmewood.org.uk.
Upcoming plans include a tree planting day this Saturday, 20th February.
Brixton Hill councillors look forward to working with the Association and its members.
Works by Transport for London are due to start for three weeks to replace the traffic lights on Christchurch Road at the junction with Cotherstone Road. This work is part of TfL’s Road Modernisation Plan.
The works are planned to start on Monday 15 February 2016 and will last for approximately three weeks depending on the weather conditions. The map below shows you the areas affected. The works will take place on Mondays to Fridays between 08:00 and 18:00, Saturdays between 09:30 and 15:30 and Sundays between 09:00 and 13:00.
During the works, TfL will put in some traffic management measures such as lane closures and temporary traffic lights with pedestrian facilities to ensure the safety of those using the road.
Obviously some disruption is inevitable but should residents require further information or an update during the delivery of these works, please contact our Customer Services team on 0343 222 1234 or via the web at tfl.gov.uk/contact.
A planning application has been submitted for the site currently home to Diamond Merchants, the hardware and tool hire company on Acre Lane on the corner with Baytree Road.
The plans involve ‘Demolition of buildings and erection of a part 2, part 4. part 5 and part 6-storey building plus basement to provide 610sqm of retail space (A1 Use Class), 25 flats and 2 family houses together with associated cycle and waste storage and hard and soft landscaping to form communal amenity space.’
The site neighbours the planned extension of Sudbourne School and faces the Trinity conservation area. Councillors are concerned that no affordable homes are included in the plans and will be objecting on this basis.
Residents can make comments here
The Roupell Park Resident Management Organisation that manages the Roupell Park Estate on Brixton Hill has built up a lot of information on its website. www.roupellpark.co.uk is now live with information about upcoming meetings and events and community initiatives.
These include cookery classes and stay-and-play activities on the estate.
Check out their website here
Due to popular demand, new bike hangars are to be installed in various locations across the Brixton Hill ward. The bike hangars are operated by Cyclehoop and allow residents to rent a secure and dry space for their bicycle.
Hangars are to be installed at the following locations:
- Baytree Road (by Effra Court)
- Beverstone Road – one outside No. 11 and another outside Nos. 10/12
- Branksome Road – one outside 15/17 and another outside No. 88
- Lambert Road – one outside No. 36, another by No. 45 and another outside No. 55
- Lyham Road – outside Nos. 7/8 Clapham Park Terrace, and outside Nos. 13/14 Clapham Park Terrace
- Mandrell Road – to the side of 110 Strathleven Road
- Strathleven Road – outside No. 40, another outside No. 56, and another outside Nos. 69/71
Once the hangars are installed residents will be able to rent a space via the cyclehoops.rentals website. Continue reading
DIY Schools: Richard Atkins – the Sustrans-led community project aiming to make New Park Road safer for children, parents and other road users – have issued a preview of new proposed designs inspired by sessions with residents and parents in December and January.
Comments will be invited over the next few weeks – the team will publish a link to record comments as well as delivering letters across the whole area to residents to invite feedback.
Thanks to money allocated to road improvement from the sale of Council buildings, several roads and pavements have been resurfaced in the area in recent years, including Beverstone Road, Kingswood Road and Lambert Road in just the last few months. This is despite huge cuts in the Council’s funding by the Government.
The Council is now running a quick consultation to nominate the next set of roads to be treated in 2016/7. Councillors will be able to suggest three roads in their ward by 11th February- but we want to hear residents’ ideas for their top priorities.
Please let us know by email or Twitter if you know a road in Brixton Hill that needs its carriageway or pavements resurfaced.
Local London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has urged Transport for London to take action over the dangerous junction at Brixton Hill with Acre Lane.
Val has received figures showing that from 2012-2014 there were 15 pedestrian casualties at the junction, more than other hotspots in the area. Val has tabled a series of questions to the Mayor of London asking what plans TfL have to improve the area and make it safe.
Val told the South London Press: “The area around this junction has been transformed during my time as Assembly member for the area and the new space at Windrush Square shows what can be done to create a brilliant public realm. So many people live, work and visit Brixton and travel through this key junction so to see these accident figures is alarming. As well as being a very attractive street scene we also want this key area to be as safe as possible. Continue reading