#WeStandTogether – statement on Westminster terror attack

Lambeth Council and Cllr Florence Eshalomi AM are among those who have issued the joint statement below on yesterday’s terror attack.

Today was an attack on our democracy, but together we will not let the terrorists use fear to divide us nor will we let them succeed.

Our Lambeth community, and all Londoners, will have been shocked by the scenes from Westminster. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

We thank Lambeth police and the Metropolitan police for their swift response and utmost professionalism to keep us safe, and regretfully mourn the loss of their heroic colleague.

The council and partner agencies are supporting the police to ensure we continue with our daily lives in safety. We ask everyone to remain calm and vigilant of any suspicious activity. If you have any information in relation to this incident please call 0800 789 321.

Again, we ask everyone to stand united against those who seek to sow fear and hatred among us.

Cllr Mohammed Seedat, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Healthier & Stronger Communities

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna

Lambeth & Southwark London Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi

Cllr Saleha Jaffer, Mayor of Lambeth

Nick Mason, Chair of Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board and IAG

Dr Mahamed Hashi, Chair of Pan-London Stop & Search Community Monitoring Network

Ven. George Ansah, Chair of Faiths Together in Lambeth

http://love.lambeth.gov.uk/joint-statement-westminster-terror-attack/

Formal consultation launched on Controlled Parking Zones for Brixton Hill

Sulina Morrish NPR CPZ designs

Proposals around Morrish Road

From today residents can respond to a consultation on proposals for new controlled parking zones either side of Brixton Hill up to the South Circular. The council has taken the decision to proceed with the implementation of a Controlled Parking Zone, subject to the outcome of the statutory consultation.

This follows an informal consultation late last year, which showed support for controlled parking in those areas without a CPZ currently. The proposals have been guided by the detailed comments residents made, including the hours of operation. Efforts have been made to have a mix of areas that are residents only as well as metered parking, so that there are options for visitors to the area but commuter parking is deterred.

This follows a great deal of work by residents and councillors to highlight the issue and ensure the Council understood the need for parking controls to deal with increased pressure from commuter parking. Continue reading

Tickets for 2017 guided tours of Brixton Windmill now available

Brixton Windmill is open to the public for guided tours from March to October and tickets are now available for the first open weekend of the year 25/26 March.  Tickets for the open days can be booked on the website of the Friends of Windmill Gardens. Tickets will be released one month prior to each Open Day weekend.

Because of the limited space inside the windmill, the number of people that can go on a full tour is limited to three adults or two adults and two children. This means that tours can be booked up very quickly. If there are cancellations, the Friends advertise these on Twitter at @brixtonwindmill. Short tours to the first floor are also available on the open days.

New education centre for Windmill given planning go-ahead

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Architect’s sketch of new education centre in Windmill Gardens

Lambeth’s Planning Department has approved plans for a new education centre at Windmill Gardens. The building will be used to run workshops for schools and other groups as well as supporting the regular programme of Windmill open days and other events.

Having a dedicated building will also allow the Friends of Windmill Gardens to expand their milling activities and develop a social enterprise selling flour to local bakeries, restaurants and retailers, as well as running baking workshops, to fund the education programme. The Friends will also be able to sell and store merchandise, which helps to raise much needed funds for the windmill. When it is not being used for Friends’ activities, the building will be available to hire, at affordable rates, by community groups and others.

Lambeth Council has provided £360,000 to fund the construction of the building and further fundraising is planned by the Friends to fund activities.

Public consultation regarding Glenbrook Primary School this week

invitation20to20a20public20consultation20templateGlenbrook Primary School is hosting two public consultation events later this week for residents to find out more about plans to rebuild the primary school and outline plans to put a brand new secondary school on the same site on Kings Avenue.

The plans for the new school buildings have been given the go-ahead by the Government and a planning application will be made shortly. If approved, construction would start this summer and is expected to be completed by September 2018 for the primary school. Residents will also be able to comment on suggestions for the proposed secondary school’s name.

Developers Bowmer & Kirkland, in partnership with the school, will host two public consultation events at Glenbrook Primary School on Friday 10th March, 15.30 to 20.00 and Saturday 11th March, 10.00 to 13.00. Residents are invited to come along to find out more information and to have questions answered.

Letter sent to Mayor re dangerous junctions following another serious accident

Cllr Martin Tiedemann has written to Sadiq Khan regarding dangerous junctions on the A23 Brixton Hill following another accident last month that has left a cyclist with serious injuries.

Three years ago, Cllr Tiedemann wrote to the previous Mayor, highlighting the junctions of Brixton Hill with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road/Lambert Road/Josephine Avenue. These junctions, which comprise part of London Cycle Network Route 25, were originally prioritised for action but were subsequently dropped from Boris Johnson’s plans. Now, with a new Mayor and further accidents, Brixton Hill’s councillors are calling for urgent action. Continue reading

Clink Chef Ambassador Cyrus Todiwala coming to Clink Brixton

Celebrated chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL is hosting a special evening at The Clink Restaurant at Brixton Prison to raise vital funds to support The Clink’s ongoing commitment to prisoner rehabilitation and reducing reoffending rates.

Todiwala, who is a chef ambassador for The Clink charity, will invite guests to ‘explore the culinary flavours of India’ with a five-course menu. The evening will begin with drinks and canapés, before serving coconut wrapped fish and curried mince lamb. Other dishes on the menu include Indian-style apricot chicken and caramelised onion rice, sprinkled with spice dust. To finish, guests can indulge in Cyrus’s famous baked custard, flavoured with cardamon, nutmeg and rose scent.

Tickets are £49.50 per person. Places are limited and must be booked in advance in order to attend. Please email brixton@theclinkrestaurant.com for more information and to book your table.

Part of Upper Tulse Hill to be closed for works

A road order for a temporary road closure of Upper Tulse Hill has been published today. In order to allow works to be carried out to repair a water main, vehicles will not be able to use a 30-metre stretch of Upper Tulse Hill from the Brixton Hill end from 24th February.

The works are expected to take just three days although the Order allows for up to one month to allow for contingencies.

Brixton Hill featured in the New York Times “proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag”

ny-timesBrixton Hill has been featured in the New York Times Travel section as an up-and-coming destination, the pitch being that our locally-owned businesses “are successfully eschewing the onslaught of gentrification and proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.”

The article highlights the stretch of Brixton Hill around the White Horse, including Alkaline juice bar, the Fish Lounge, Negril, F.Mondays and Kata Kata.

One local resident told the NYT, “It’s the music and cultural history that made all the developers want to come to Brixton in the first place. On Brixton Hill that creative community spirit is still alive; this area is for real people.”

Francklin of Kata Kata said he appreciates the authenticy of Brixton Hill. “My customers are local and happy to be in a place that is relaxed and fair with basic prices and honesty. That’s what this area is really good at, it’s honest… we want to keep Brixton Hill as it is. It should be the place where a 60-year-old resident can spend an afternoon across the table from a local politician.”