Worried about toxic air around Brixton? Want to do something about it?

Did you know that Brixton is in the top 20% in London for levels of traffic and pollution, but the bottom 20% in London for people who own a car? And that on high pollution days in Lambeth, visits to local GPs and treatment for respiratory problems increase significantly

(And this is despite the fantastic news that Mayor Khan’s Low Emission Bus Zone in Brixton has seen annual mean NO2 concentrations fall by 49%.)

Do you want to change that? We do, and we’ve got some ideas we’d like you to look at.

To help tackle some of these problems, Lambeth Council is working with Transport for London on the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood project. We want to make streets in and around Brixton safer and healthier for everyone, and tackle the climate change emergency.

Visit Brixtonstreets.commonplace.is to view the ideas and have your say.

The survey is open until Sunday 7 March 2020.

Drop-in session for new fibre broadband provider in Brixton Hill

A new telecoms provider, G.Network, is planning to install new fibre broadband throughout Lambeth in 2020, starting with Coldharbour and Brixton Hill. In Brixton Hill, it says, only 8.6% of residents can access upgraded “full fibre” connections and improving this infrastructure locally is a priority for us.

As part of this expansion plan, G.Network are hosting a drop in event next Tuesday, 3 March between 12pm and 8pm at Lambeth Town Hall for residents and businesses.

At the event G.Network will be sharing the current upgrade plans for each ward as well as answering any questions around the installation process.

Drop in event hosted on the 3rd March between 12pm and 8pm at Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, London, SW2 1RW – no need to book.

What can I expect at the event?

  1. Find out more about the installation process and when this will be coming to your street.
  2. Understand more about full fibre broadband and the differences between full fibre and existing copper cabling.
  3. Register your interest with G.Network so that you can be kept up to date with the roll out plans.

Road safety measures coming to Acre Lane

Acre Lane will see a speed table installed plus several humps from neighbouring roads, if new proposals are approved. A current consultation has the following plans:

  • A full speed table at the junction of Acre Lane and Baytree Road
  • Road humps at the junctions of Acre Lane with Branksome Road and Strathleven Road, and several roads on the north side of Acre Lane

These changes are designed to reduce drivers’ speeds when turning and to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. The measures will, in addition, provide a level surface for pedestrians crossing the side roads.

If you have an objections or any other representation relating to the proposed road humps, you should make them in writing. All objections must specify the grounds on which they are made and should be sent to Barbara Poulter by 6 March 2020 by emails to bpoulter@lambeth.gov.uk quoting reference A2217 COLLISION REDUCTION PROGRAMME.  Any objection may be communicated to, or be seen by, other persons who may have an interest in this matter.

Advice session for EU Nationals this Saturday

Are you an EU citizen living in the UK?

We want you to stay here after Brexit.

If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family can now apply to the EU settlement scheme to continue living, working and studying in the UK after any Brexit transition period.There is no fee for the EU settlement Scheme, which will allow you and you family to continue to be eligible for: 

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and you want to apply.

Face-to-face advice sessions

Advice sessions for EU nationals in Lambeth have been organised by Lambeth Council in collaboration with Seraphus, the Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation (IRMO), Portuguese Consulate and Respeito charity.

Details of the next session are as follows:

  • Saturday 12 October 2:00 to 4:00pm at Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA. No booking required. 

For more information on the settlement scheme and how to apply visit gov.uk/eusettledstatus

Amended parking arrangements proposed for Porden and Buckner roads

The Council has written to residents to outline them of their proposal to amend parking arrangements on Porden Road in the Brixton Zone ‘B’ Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ).

Following the recent completion of Lambeth Civic Centre and neighbouring developments, we are now in a position to remove the temporary restriction which were required for the construction works and to return the parking back to a typical CPZ configuration.

To view detailed plans of the proposals please visit the council website, www.lambeth.gov.uk/bbd.

A Notice of the Council’s intentions to introduce these measures will be published in a local newspaper (Lambeth Weekender), London Gazette and posted on lamp columns in the area. Representations for and against the proposals described in this Notice must be made in writing to: Parking Design, Capital Programmes (Environment and Growth), London Borough of Lambeth, PO Box 734, Winchester, SO23 5DG5DG or email cpzconsultation@lambeth.gov.uk quoting reference Brixton Business District by no later than 1 November 2019.

New bike hangars on their way to Brixton Hill

A consultation has started on a series of new bike hangars across Brixton Hill ward. These are part of a phased programme to create 1,000 new hangar spaces across Lambeth by 2022 to support residents who have a bike but cannot store them at their home. We know that despite having more hangars than anywhere else, many Brixton Hill residents are still on the waiting list and have pushed hard for this investment in the ward.

The consultation runs from 19 August until 15 September and we need residents to make their views heard. Residents of the roads affected will be receiving a letter in coming days and an online survey is available at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/have-your-say-on-lambeth%E2%80%99s-cycle-hangar-installation-phase-4

Roads affected include:

  • Baytree Road
  • Doverfield Road
  • Dumbarton Road
  • Felsberg Road
  • Glenelg Road
  • Hayter Road
  • Lambert Road
  • Margate Road
  • Mauleverer Road
  • Strathleven Road
  • Sudbourne Road
  • Wingford Road
Proposed locations for new bike hangars

Major gas works to start next week affecting Brixton Hill and Acre Lane

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Next week, starting from 5 August, the gas suppliers (SGN) are doing major work to upgrade their network at the Acre Lane/Brixton Hill/Brixton Road/Coldharbour Lane junction. These works will last approximately 5 weeks. Works will take place 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

Various roads and junctions will be affected. Brixton Hill and Effra Lane will be reduced southbound to one lane and Acre Lane eastbound to one lane. From Monday 19 August, Buses and HGV’s will be unable to turn right from Acre Lane onto Brixton Hill. Signed diversions will be in place via Effra Road and St. Matthews Road. There may be significant disruption to traffic through Brixton throughout August.

SGN can be found on Twitter at @SGNgas.

Next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 25 July

The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 25 July 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.

Wake up to Tai Chi at Windmill Gardens

To celebrate the Mayor of London’s London National Park City Festival taking place on 20-28 July, Friends of Windmill Gardens are offering four free “Wake up to tai chi” workshops. Each lasting 1.5 hours, they will start at 11am on the following dates:

  • Saturday 20 July
  • Tuesday 23 July
  • Saturday 27 July
  • Sunday 28 July

No previous experience required. Please wear loose clothing suitable for gentle exercise and the weather conditions on the day and soft shoes suitable for exercising on grass. Bring drinking water if the weather is hot.

Their regular tai chi sessions also continue every Saturday, starting at 11am. They ask for a small donation to pay the tutors. For more details, email info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk.

THIS MONDAY: Exhibition of plans for new sixth form college at Army Reserve Centre, King’s Avenue

Artist’s impression of new building

Developers are holding a public exhibition to present proposals for a new Sixth Form Building on the old Army Reserve Centre site. This Sixth Form is intended to complement the soon-to-be-completed Harris Academy Clapham Secondary School on Clarence Avenue.

During the drop-in session there will be an opportunity to view the proposals and have discussions with designers and Harris Federation staff.

Drop-in session details:
Date: Monday 24th June 2019
Time: 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Drill Hall Army Reserve Centre 73 Kings Avenue Clapham SW4 8DX