Lambeth Town Hall set to reopen – with new community rooms for hire

Lambeth’s newly refurbished Town Hall on Brixton Hill is set to reopen with neighbouring residents of Arlington Lodge and Porden Road joining Brixton Hill councillors as the very first guests of the Mayor in the Mayor’s Parlour later today. Staff will begin to move back in and internal works will be completed over coming weeks and Lambeth residents will soon be able to see the transformation of the 1908 Grade II listed building.

While several rooms in the Town Hall will be available at commercial rates to bring in income to the Council to support services to the public, two rooms will be set aside specifically for community use. The two rooms, at the front of the Town Hall, can accommodate 8 or 16 people boardroom-style, or more for meetings.

They will be available for £25 or £40 per hour, with no peak rates and a minimum hire period of just one hour, unlike the rest of the building. Bookings of two hours or less in the community rooms will not require a damage deposit. In the rest of the building, a discount of 50% on the core hire fee will be applied to community/charity use for larger events.

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Clean bus corridor comes into force on Brixton Hill to address air pollution

cleanairAs you may have spotted on Brixton Hill’s bus stops, Sadiq Khan’s Low Emission Bus zone between Brixton and Streatham has come into force. It means only the cleanest types of buses will be used by Transport for London down Brixton Hill.

The zone is only the second in London and was brought in by Mayor Khan after Brixton Hill’s councillors campaigned about the quality of the air in the local area, which has seen rising pollution and unsafe amounts recorded at local schools. Almost 10,000 premature deaths in London each year are estimated to arise from air pollution.

Now that the clean bus corridor is in place, we will continue to campaign for other measures to reduce air pollution, including more tree planting, smarter logistics for delivery companies and the extension of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to the South Circular.

Next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 16 November

The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 16 November 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.

Be Winter Ready, says new campaign

As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.

That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.

To Be Winter Ready, you should:

  • Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
  • Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

In recent years the chances of unplanned problems with electricity and gas supply have reduced dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.

Despite this, our gas and electricity networks can be affected by natural events, with severe winter weather potentially causing significant damage. The gas and electricity network operators are urging the public to Be Winter Ready. Make sure you’re prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency.

This Sunday: ‘Disco Fever Street Party’ in Sulina Road

This Sunday 3rd September sees the annual street party in Sulina Road, organised by the Sulina, Morrish & Wallis Cottages RTA. This year’s theme is Disco Fever – great music, lots of dancing and plenty of GLITTER! The organisers ask you to dress colourfully, 70s style, anything with glitter… with a prize for the best outfit (human and pets).

The Street Party Band will be performing Disco-themed songs plus DJ Don, DavidJ’s Funk Band and Balham Ukelele Society. Events will include the Spoon and Glitterball Race and Roll the Record, plus the Pina Colada competition – bring a jug of yours! There will be street yoga and stalls, and activities for kids including face painting and an under-5s disco.

Apart from dressing up, the organisers also invite you to bring food and drink to share – for the BBQ (meat/vegetarian), a salad, a pudding or favourite dishes from different countries; charcoal for the BBQ; or contribute 70s food – anyone for cheese and pineapple, vol au vents or Angel Delight?!

Next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 17 August

The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 17 August 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.

Child cycle training and Toddler Bike Market coming to Brixton Hill on 19th August

As part of a series of free, learn-to-ride sessions this summer holidays organised by Lambeth Council, there will be an event on Saturday 19th August in Windmill Gardens.

The idea of the session is to help parents and guardians teach their children to cycle. Experts from Peddle My Wheels will show you the easiest and most effective way of getting kids cycling. As they describe the training, ‘hopefully some of them will be riding on their own by the end of the session but if not you’ll know how to finish the task off and in no time they will be able to ride around the park on their own…and there will not be a stabiliser in sight!’

If they need a bike there will be a selection of affordable second-hand bikes for sale averaging £15, with some new children’s helmets available also for £15.

All ages are welcome, no booking just turn up from 10am to 3pm. Bring your child with their bike and helmet. The session is aimed at children 6 and under but older kids are welcome.

Application for Clapham Park ‘masterplan’ submitted – public events next week

The planning application for the Clapham Park Estate area was submitted on 31 July, with new plans to increase the number of affordable homes and public amenity space from the previous plans following the stock transfer of the estate to Metropolitan Housing.

Metropolitan say the new design will allow them to improve housing standards further and increase the delivery of affordable housing. The amount and quality of amenity space has been increased from the original masterplan and a comprehensive package of sustainability measures – including living roofs, bat and bird boxes, Car Club availability and electric vehicle charging points – is provided as part of the planning application.

They add that the submission of the planning application, which follows a large number of consultation events, marks an important step forward in their ambition to continue to revitalise the area for residents and the community, and to fulfil their obligations under the stock transfer agreement.

Metropolitan will be holding public events on 15 August (3–8pm), 16 August (9am–12pm) and 19 August (1–5pm) at the Pop-Up Shop on Kings Avenue, SW4 8EU, where information about the proposal will be provided.

Upper Tulse Hill to be closed on several occasions for next 18 months

A road closure notice has been published seeking the closure of Upper Tulse Hill at the Brixton Hill end on several days over the next eighteen months to allow investigatory water works.

It is currently anticipated that the works would be carried out in phases on 5th August 2017, 3rd February 2018, 4th August 2018 and 2nd February 2019 but if the works cannot be carried out or completed on these dates, then the Order may have effect at other times within the maximum period of 18 months.

Update on Brixton Hill burst water pipe

img_8282A burst water pipe this morning at 04.50am has caused major disruption and could potentially mean that Brixton Hill is closed until after the weekend. This has now been found to be a 12-inch pipe rather than an 18-inch water main, but the volume of water this morning saw Brixton Hill become a torrent and streams of people walking from Streatham to Brixton as buses were caught up in the jam.

Below is an update on the event and the action that Thames Water is taking:

  • Thames Water have excavated the damaged pipe and are preparing to cut out the broken section.  They have said that they will be working on replacing this as quickly as they can.
  • No buildings appear to have been flooded and damage beyond the immediate road surface is currently minimal.
  • They do not expect water supplies in the area to be affected by the burst but are keeping bottled water supplies and tankers on standby in the area as a contingency.
  • Brixton Hill is currently closed and diversions are in place, but Thames Water will discuss plans to re-open the road with Transport for London (TfL).

Councillors have stressed that permanent traffic diversions cannot lead to further burden to existing rat runs such as Dumbarton and Lyham Road. We have also made clear that Thames Water need to do more to reduce the number and impact of burst pipes in Streatham and Brixton Hill. Today there have also burst pipes in Leigham Vale and St Julian’s Farm Road. This level of disruption is unacceptable and Thames Water need to address this urgently.

If residents have any queries please call Thames Water on 0800 3169800, quoting your address.  Lines are open 24 hours a day.  They are also available via Facebook or Twitter.