With the completion of the Civic Centre and new housing by the Town Hall, work has begun on the final phase of the project with the redevelopment of Olive Morris House. The former Council offices will be replaced by a new building with 74 flats (40% affordable), which went through the planning process some years ago. Details of the new building are on the Your New Town Hall website.
Work already started in May with surveys of the ground conditions in and around the site to help plan demolition. This involves some drilling and digging.
The developers – Muse – sent nearby residents a letter in recent weeks to alert them of the works and to give some information about next steps. If any residents didn’t receive this letter, let councillors know and we will ensure that you are added to their lists.
Over coming weeks Muse and their consultants GL Hearn will release more information about the demolition works and will arrange a public meeting for residents to meet the team and discuss issues.
The team have provided contact details for questions and for registering interest in the public meetings:
Call: 0344 225 0003 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write: Freepost RTZS-BLHZ-EUXC, GL Hearn, 65 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ *GL Hearn is supporting Muse Developments with public and neighbour engagement on this project
Residents close to the site of the old Livity School site at the corner of Mandrell Road and Strathleven Road will receive a letter in coming days setting out that work is starting soon on the redevelopment of the site. The eventual plan is for the site to come back into school use as the extension for Sudbourne Primary School.
Works will start with demolition of the current buildings, starting at the end of January. In the initial period the contractors, Lancebox, will be getting the site ready by installing hoarding, welfare facilities for workers and installing scaffolding requirements in readiness for the demolition works proper, to start mid-February.
Generally, the demolition works should last approximately 8 weeks and will be carried out using demolition machines to remove the main building elements, hard standing and foundations. Materials and waste will be removed from the site daily using waste carrying lorries.
Lancebox have committed to make the demolition process as “pleasant as possible” for neighbours, with no impact on normal routines. The letter will provide residents with the site manager’s contact details to report any problems.
Coffee shop and events space House of Hygge on Acre Lane has applied for a licence from Lambeth Council to show films from 9am to 11pm every day, and late night refreshment until midnight each day, including the sale of alcohol, with the licence starting at 8am.
Residents in the area have expressed general concern about the changing nature of Acre Lane, with increasing nuisance especially at night, and an unplanned spread of town centre activities. Residents have the opportunity to make representations on this application, addressing whether it meets the licensing objectives, such as the prevention of public nuisance.
The building contractors are writing to local residents to introduce themselves and provide information about the construction process, which will involve some disruption. The project will commence with the site being set-up on Monday 19th November 2018, followed by the ground-works for the building, with the new timber frame and walling then to be completed.
The works themselves will be carried out Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm for a minimum 20 week period, subject to extension due to constraints posed by weather conditions, and with weekend working throughout the project as necessary. Deliveries will generally be scheduled to site after 9am and before 3pm.
Logan Construction have provided contact details for their site managers in case of issues arising:
Bill Gleed – Logan Construction Site Manager 07710 307568
Neil Ochiltree – Logan Construction Contracts Manager 07393 461095
An event is being held on Monday 23 July to consult the public on plans for a new building at Orchard Primary School at the corner of Cotherstone and Christchurch Roads. The exhibition will display the proposals to provide enhanced teaching facilities. Members of the project team will be on hand to discuss the proposals before a planning application is made.
In addition to a new building, the existing buildings at Orchard Primary are listed and repair works are proposed for those. The scheme will also provide improvements to the landscape including new planting, new outdoor activity spaces, study gardens and performance spaces.
The public consultation event will take place in the School Hall at Orchard Primary School, Christchurch Road, London, SW2 3ES on Monday 23rd July 6pm-8pm.
Following requests for help from residents living above shopping parades on New Park Road and Brixton Hill, Councillor Martin Tiedemann asked a question at last night’s Council meeting and secured renewed commitment from the Cabinet Member to address those concerns.
We will be following this issue up and ensuring that the new system, including daily collection, is rolled out to New Park Road as soon as possible and a suitable location found for the recycling bins.
13. Councillor Martin Tiedemann
To: Cabinet Member for Environment and Clean Air, Councillor Claire Holland
Residents in Brixton Hill are experiencing problems with waste collection where they live above shopping parades, particularly New Park Road. Can the cabinet member review the provision for refuse and recycling in these instances and see if a more effective approach can be taken?
Answer: Lambeth has in recent years taken a number of steps forward successfully to increase recycle rates in the borough and this will remain a priority in the years ahead, despite deep government cuts to the council’s budget.
The collection of waste from flats above shops does pose a number of challenges, including the need to keep the footway free of bins means that waste is put out in bags, attracting foxes and creating litter. The change over in tenants in these properties, which tend to be privately rented, also means that establishing a regular pattern of recycling behaviour is more difficult.
However, we have been working with our waste contractor Veolia on a trial aimed at improving recycling in this type of accommodation. This includes introducing small green bins, similar to the yellow grit bins, which residents can use for their recycling bags. As part of this we are providing properties with posters containing all the necessary information which have been put up in interior hallways, ensuring that new residents have access to the information they need whenever they need it. We’re also introducing smaller packs of recycling sacks which will fit through letterboxes so that residents can access the recycling service and use it properly. General refuse is collected daily each morning, and residents are encouraged to put their waste out at the correct time before the collection takes place to reduce the number of bags on the pavement during the busier parts of the day.
The trial has so far produced positive results. Recycling has increased from flats above shops in areas where the green boxes have been situated. We are yet to receive the first batch of smaller packs of bags, but we expect this will further increase recycling. Following the end of the trial, we expect to roll out this new approach across all parades of flats above shops that are not currently in a timed collections area, including Brixton Hill and New Park Road later this year.
Sudbourne Primary School and Lambeth Council, together with their professional design team, are hosting an information evening to discuss the proposed new school expansion on the nearby former Livity School site at Mandrell Road.
This is the next stage of our long-held ambition to double the size of the fantastic and popular Sudbourne Primary School.
Feel free to drop in at any time between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday 18th July at the school hall of Sudbourne Primary, on Hayter Road.
Feel free to drop in to provide your comments and feedback. If you are unable to attend and wish to comment within 21 days, or for further information, please contact Luke Riggall (Architects) via email@example.com.
This weekend sees two of the key events in the Brixton Hill summer calendar – the school fairs at Corpus Christi and Sudbourne Primary Schools.
Corpus Christi’s Summer Fair takes place on Saturday 30th June, 12 to 4pm, via their Trent Road entrance. Look out for all your favourite stalls, especially the always-excellent choice of international food.
Sudbourne Primary’s Summer Fair is on Sunday 1st July, 12 to 3pm, on Hayter Road. Entrance is £1.50. A ‘Jumble & Swish Sale’ is among the activities promised.
Cllr Tiedemann joins pupils, parents and staff at Corpus Christi RC Primary
This week has been Clean Air Week and Lambeth Council marked the week with a series of events seeking to address air pollution in the borough, including installing two ‘green screens’ at Corpus Christi RC Primary School. Councillor Martin Tiedemann and the cabinet member for environment joined pupils, parents and staff to launch the new walls.
The screens of Hedera ivy have been built alongside the playgrounds of Corpus Christi primary school on Lambert Road and Horsford Road, blocking pollutants from Brixton Hill and enabling children to breathe cleaner air while they play. The project has been a partnership between parents and pupils, and Lambeth Council.
There has already been a significant drop in air pollution on Brixton Hill thanks to the Mayor’s clean bus corridor. Research elsewhere showed a 24% drop in NO2 with a green screen, making a real difference to the pollution encountered by primary schoolchildren.
Lambeth Labour have already got to work on delivering their ambitious manifesto. As part of their commitment to tackling air pollution councillors pledged to build a green screen at every school on a main road. Children at over 30 schools will benefit from the toxin-reducing living walls.
Over the next four years we will also:
Plant over 1,000 new trees.
Double the number of cycle hangars
Install over 200 electric vehicle charging points
Lobby the Government for a new Clean Air Act
Continue to work with community energy co-operatives like Repowering London, with existing solar panels on the Roupell Park Estate
New bike hangars – Lambeth’s award-winning secure and dry bike storage solutions for cyclists you can see dotted around Brixton Hill – are being proposed for several new locations around the area.
Subject to consultation with local residents and emergency services, five new hangars could soon appear to offer cyclists with limited space new options to park their bikes. Current hangars are all full and demand is high.
The proposed locations are:
Brixton Hill Court
Letters will be sent to affected residents in coming weeks asking for comment, with any approved hangars installed later in the year. Please email councillors if you have any comments on these proposals.