Review of licence of Costcutter on Brixton Hill

Costcutter at 98 Brixton Hill is subject to a review of its licence following reports of sales to street drinker and of an illegal worker employed at the shop. This comes hot on the heels of the licensing review of Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill.

This was part of an investigation by the Council and Police into 24-hour off licences, which they tell us are disproportionately associated with criminal offences in the area. Employment of illegal workers means that those employees are not subject to other rights at work and are easily exploited and can betray a lack of commitment to other laws. Street drinking and associated public nuisance is frequently reported in the area and Lambeth relies on properly run shops and venues to help deal with the issue.

The Council has therefore sought to deal with these serious offences by revoking the license. The details of their case can be read here.

The review will be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee at a future meeting. Interested parties can make a written representation by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 24th February. Residents can also contact councillors should they wish for representations to be made on their behalf. Representations should address the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.
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Use our survey to tell us what you think about road safety in Brixton Hill

captureOver recent months many residents have written to us with concerns about road safety. We have written to the Council and brought senior decision makers here on walkabouts. Last week, Martin Tiedemann asked a written question at Council on road safety and followed it up at the meeting with a question about the New Park Road scheme.

We have already been able to get some local changes:

However, we know there is more to be done. We’ve been told about speeding on Lyham Road and dangerous driving on Dumbarton and Kildoran Roads. There have been very serious accidents recently by the Town Hall and on Kingswood Road. We have concerns about many of our road junctions, especially for cyclists. Continue reading

Question to Council regarding road safety and 20mph enforcement

File 29-01-2017, 22 07 16.pngAt last week’s full Council, Cllr Martin Tiedemann was able to put down a written question concerning road safety in Brixton Hill. He addressed enforcement of 20mph, rat runs and speeding through the area and unsafe pedestrian crossings, especially the zebra crossing on Kings Avenue. The cabinet member gave a comprehensive response.

At the meeting, Martin was able to follow this up with an oral question, where he raised the New Park Road safety scheme. Cllr Tiedemann thanked the Council for completing the scheme and asked for monitoring to ensure it was doing its job and ensuring safety for residents and the pupils of Richard Atkins Primary School. Cllr Brathwaite was able to assure us that monitoring is indeed taking place and results would be shared soon. Continue reading

Investing in apprenticeships

construction-for-security-services1.jpgJobs and apprenticeships for young people in Brixton Hill was one of our key pledges locally in the 2014 elections. Now, a new levy on developers could help to create hundreds of new apprenticeships for young people in Lambeth.

With millions of pounds of investment going into the borough across dozens of sites, the new ‘Employment and Skills’ planning document will help ensure that local people benefit from the growth that is taking place in the borough.

Addressing the skills gap and providing local people with the training and qualifications they need to secure good, well-paid jobs is a key focus of the SPD. Although the local economy is performing well in many respects, unemployment remains above the national average and 18% of working age residents lack basic skills (NVQ level 2 qualifications or higher). This means that local people often miss the opportunities available as a central London borough – according to the most recent figures a quarter of job vacancies in the borough last year were hard to fill due to skill shortages.  Continue reading

Five new houses proposed for Kings Avenue

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A planning application is being submitted by a private developer for five three-storey family homes on the site of disused garages to the rear of Peter’s Court, Kings Avenue. Some properties on Rosebery Road overlook the site.

Once it has been submitted, the planning application will be available at planning.lambeth.gov.uk where residents can make comments. In the meantime the developer’s agents, Maddox Associates, are contacting local residents directly. Please let councillors know if there are any concerns.

EVENT: The future of Clapham Park

image003A series of drop-in sessions for residents this week showcases plans for the future of Clapham Park. Brixton Hill ward residents in area 3 on the map shown, including those in Kintyre Court and Kingswood Road, are invited to the session on Thursday 26 January on Kings Avenue.

Metropolitan Housing are reviewing the masterplan for Clapham Park to make sure it delivers what the local community needs today and into the future.

At these events Metropolitan want to talk in more detail about specific elements of the masterplan, including:

  • Landscape and open spaces (including play areas, public parks, private and communal outside areas)
  • Movement and parking (including parking, types of streets and how pedestrians, cyclists and cars get around)
  • Buildings and height
  • Use of land (including retail, recreational and community facilities)

The event for ‘Clapham Park East’, covering Brixton Hill ward, takes place in the marquee by the Community Resource Centre next to Sainsbury’s, Kings Avenue, SW4 on Thursday 26th January. Drop in any time between 2pm and 8pm.

Licence review of Premier Food & Wine on Brixton Hill

img_7364Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill is subject to a review of its licence following the discovery of illegal workers employed at the shop and sleeping in the premises. This was part of an investigation by the Council and Police into 24-hour off licences, which they tell us are disproportionately associated with criminal offences in the area. Employment of illegal workers means that those employees are not subject to other rights at work and are easily exploited and can betray a lack of commitment to other laws.

The Council has therefore sought to deal with these serious offences by revoking the license. The details of their case can be read here.

The review will be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee at a future meeting. Interested parties can make a written representation by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 13th February. Residents can also contact councillors should they wish for representations to be made on their behalf. Representations should address the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

 

Raised crossing proposed for Kings Avenue to address safety concerns

pedestrian-crossing-160672_640Lambeth Council has launched a statutory consultation on its plans to improve a pedestrian crossing on Kings Avenue and address serious concerns about its safety.

In late 2016, Brixton Hill councillors received complaints about the crossing outside Robins Court and launched an informal consultation, writing to 200 properties on Kings Avenue and neighbouring roads. Many residents told us how cars failed to stop at the zebra crossing and that there had been many near misses and a general sense this is not a safe place to cross. We were able to use these testimonies as evidence that the Council needs to take urgent action and raised the issue as a formal question to the Council meeting. We also arranged for foliage to be trimmed back to help visibility of the crossing. Continue reading

Question to Council regarding Sudbourne and Orchard primary schools

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Orchard Primary School

Ahead of the next meeting of Lambeth Council next week, written questions to the Cabinet have been published. Brixton Hill councillor Adrian Garden asked for an update regarding the long hoped for expansion of Sudbourne Primary School, and the planned rebuild of Orchard Primary School on Christchurch Road.

Here is the cabinet member’s reply. Continue reading