The Great Get Together on Sudbourne Road this Sunday

DB-iG1xWAAA_ilhThis Sunday will see the return of the Sudbourne Road street party as part of the national event, The Great Get Together.  This invites people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common, inspired by Jo Cox, the MP killed on 16 June last year.

Sudbourne Road’s event takes place from 2pm until the evening on Sunday 18 June and features a shared lunch, kids’ activities, a chill-out tea and cake area, and plenty of music and other activities.

The Street Party is a free get together – it’s not a political event or a fundraiser – but an occasion to bring friends and neighbours together to share food, music and entertainment. Councillors will be there to support the event.

Last call for entries for ‘Blooming Lambeth’

‘Blooming Lambeth’ is a celebration of growing, greening and innovations happening in Lambeth, a partnership between Lambeth Council and Incredible Edible Lambeth. Residents are asked to take a look at the categories and nominate yourself, your neighbours, a community group, or your whole street or estate as an example of what’s best about Lambeth and the people who live here.

Applicants for each category of the competition are asked to send in a photo and a description of ‘your story’ in three sentences by the deadline of 16th June. For an entry form phone 020 7926 3401 or email bloom@lambeth.gov.uk.

The categories are:

  • Home in Bloom – for front or back gardens
  • Community in bloom – if you have an estate or community garden to be proud of
  • Food growing – your individual (or your neighbour’s) vegetable patch, herb garden, window box or container garden
  • Innovation – The best initiative or project. Something you or someone you know has done to change things for the better
  • Windowbox or balcony – Some people can make the most out the smallest of spaces
  • Community food growing – for the group that gardens together and contributes to the community.

The prize for each category is £100 garden centre vouchers. Incredible Edible Lambeth will be judging the entries in each category and holding an awards ceremony at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace on 12 October 2017.

Lambeth’s #CleanAirWeek starts today – sign up to #BetterAir pledges

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Thursday 15 June is the first National Clean Air Day. Lambeth is supporting this by hosting its first ever Clean Air Week, starting today.

There are things going on every day, including the launch on Monday of our ‘Better Air’ campaign. The focus of the campaign will be on lobbying central government and the Mayor of London for the measures we need to improve London’s appalling air quality. We will raise awareness of the dangers of air pollution and encourage residents to do their bit to help the environment. A full list of the activities taking place is available here.

A key strand of the campaign will be the launch of our  ‘Better Air Pledges’. We are asking residents to think about how they can do something to help air quality and there are a few things you can do:

  1. Make an online pledge – pledging to make differences in your life to reduce air pollution.
  2. Support us on social media – tweet or share something on Facebook about your pledge using #BetterAir. Include a photo or video in your tweet so you can join our gallery of supporters. Or tell us what you’re doing for #CleanAirWeek. You can also retweet @Lambeth_Council where they’ll be posting tweets throughout the week.
  3. Share this Lambeth Council page and encourage others to make a pledge too.

We’ve achieved some real successes over the last couple of years – including an ambitious Air Quality Action Plan and a clean bus corridor from Brixton to Streatham including Brixton Hill – but we still have a lot to do. Please get behind the campaign so we can continue to build support for our efforts to improve Lambeth’s air.

Chuka re-elected as Brixton Hill’s local Member of Parliament

Election result

Chuka Umunna has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Streatham with an increased majority. With almost 70% of the vote, Labour’s candidate now has a majority of 26,285.

Chuka and Brixton Hill Labour activists worked hard on the election, specifically highlighting Chuka’s work to fight for local services and school funding, his campaign for better rail services and his challenge to a hard Brexit, including work to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

The full results were:

Chuka Umunna (Labour) 38,212
Kim Caddy (Conservative) 11,927
Alex Davies (Lib Dem) 3,611
Nicole Griffiths (Green) 1,696
Robert Stephenson (UKIP) 349

Road closure of Acre Lane planned for 29 April to allow crane to be installed

Acre Lane is to be closed to traffic entering from Brixton Hill on 29th April to allow a crane to be brought onto the development site by the Town Hall. The footpath on that side of Acre Lane between the Town Hall and Buckner Road will also be closed and buses will be diverted. Traffic will be able to travel east along Acre Lane into Brixton but delays are possible.

Next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 6 April


The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 6 April 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. The agenda will include a discussion on issues facing Porden Road by the Town Hall.

24/7 off licences on Brixton Hill forced to reduce hours

The Licensing Sub-Committee last night imposed strict new conditions on two 24-hour off-licences on Brixton Hill. Council officials and the Police applied for the shops to be reviewed following allegations of serious breaches of their conditions, including the employment of illegal workers in both cases and the lack of proper security and management in one case in an area of high public nuisance.

Both cases were settled following negotiations between the shopowners, the Police and the Council. While no side got entirely what they were after, consensus was reached on a set of new conditions to ensure proper employment methods, measures to deter street drinkers and a reduction of hours so neither shop is open overnight. The allegations were particularly serious and the Police and Council had initially asked for the licences to be revoked altogether, so this compromise allows the businesses to continue trading on the condition that the issues are resolved.

Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill will now be open until 11pm Sunday to Thursday and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Costcutter at 98 Brixton Hill will open until midnight Sunday to Thursday and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, and they will also ensure that they install a door and shutter so the premises can be secured overnight.

Cllr Martin Tiedemann was able to address the committee and a number of local residents made representations in writing that the committee took into account before signing off the conditions.

Next Your New Town Hall construction forum takes place on 4th April

YNTH-sketchAs construction works continue on the Town Hall and new Civic Centre, the developers and Council have issued details of the next construction forum for for the local community, residents and businesses to raise issues and hear about next steps.

Following on from the 3rd Neighbourhood Construction Forum, which was held on Thursday 1st December 2016, the 4th Neighbourhood Construction Forum will be held on Tuesday 4th April 6pm-8.30pm at Morgan Sindall’s Site Office, Ivor House, 1-9 Acre Lane.

The purpose of this Forum is to have regular, productive communications between the contractor and the local community throughout the construction period. This will be a meeting where issues or concerns can be raised, and dealt with, ensuring that everyone is kept up to date with what is happening on site.

Those interested should confirm attendance to Dalia.Islam@morgansindall.com or 07976 587 990 by Friday 31st March 2017 the latest.

Clapham Park Masterplan to be unveiled this week

In January, Metropolitan Housing held the second round of consultation events on the Clapham Park ‘masterplan’. Residents spent time designing their ideal community hub, new buildings, open spaces and streets at the interactive workshops.

Following the creative workshops, Metropolitan will be unveiling the masterplan for the first time at drop-in events on Saturday 25 March 11am to 3pm and Thursday 30 March 3pm to 8pm. Both events will be held at the Pop-up Shop, next to Sainsbury’s on King’s Avenue SW4 8EU. You still have time to influence the final masterplan so please go and let them know what you think.

The latest edition of the newsletter @claphampark is now available and information can be found on their website www.metropolitan.org.uk/for-customers/claphampark.