Last year, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) started a review of Lambeth council’s electoral wards. The process is designed to make sure that the wards are as fair as possible in terms of representation. The LGBCE wants to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
Following a first-stage consultation with Lambeth residents, community groups and organisations and the voluntary sector in the borough, the LGBCE has drawn up proposals which make changes to the current electoral wards. It is proposing that there should be 26 wards and 1-3 councillors per ward. All wards will change.
For the current Brixton Hill ward, the following changes are proposed:
The area between Brixton Prison and Acre Lane will join the neighbourhood to the north (such as Solon and Ferndale Roads) to become a new ward called Brixton Acre Lane.
The area south of Brixton Prison will join the Clapham Park Estate across the South Circular and down towards Clapham Common.
The Roupell Park Estate and Holmewood Gardens will be in a ward called Rush Common with much of the area that side of Brixton Hill down to Brixton itself.
Challice Way and Vibart Gardens would be in a new ward with the rest of the St Martin’s Estate and area around Tulse Hill station called St Martin’s. This ward would have just two councillors.
26 July 1945 saw the formation of the Labour government led by Clement Attlee, Labour’s first majority government remembered for the creation of the NHS and many other achievements. The Labour Party is marking the 75th anniversary on social media, and we have joined in on Twitter by looking at how the election panned out in Brixton Hill.
Clement Attlee’s Labour Government said it wasn’t good enough to go back to the old and unfair ways of doing things – and despite great challenges, transformed our society.
The current Brixton Hill ward fell mostly into the Brixton seat, but part of the ward was then in the Borough of Wandsworth, so the parliamentary seats of Clapham and Streatham also cover part of today’s Brixton Hill. The Norwood constituency started on the other side of Brixton Hill.
Work was originally scheduled to commence mid-March with a meeting for residents planned, but this was delayed by the Covid-19 crisis. The developers now aim to start after Easter.
As councillors, we have met the developers and made the point that demolition should wait for the end of lockdown to be assured there is no risk to safety or public health. However, the Council have been assured by the developers that work can continue safely and with proper mitigation. We are continuing to monitor the situation and to push for proper communications with residents.
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?
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.
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?
Find out more about the installation process and when this will be coming to your street.
Understand more about full fibre broadband and the differences between full fibre and existing copper cabling.
Register your interest with G.Network so that you can be kept up to date with the roll out plans.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com quoting reference Brixton Business District by no later than 1 November 2019.
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.