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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Kingswood Road
- Trent Road
- Sulina Road
- Rosebery Road
- 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.
You can request a hangar on your road by clicking this link.
Brixton Hill Labour councillors are introducing a second surgery each month to make arrangements more flexible for Brixton Hill residents and business owners to raise issues with us.
The new surgery takes place on the third Thursday of each month except August, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Blenheim Gardens Community Hub, 23 Prague Place, Blenheim Gardens Estate. The first surgery will be 6.30pm on 21 June.
This is in addition to the current surgery on the first Saturday of each month (except August), 10am – 11am at the Roupell Park Community Centre by Hyperion House, Upper Tulse Hill.
The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 7 June 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.
The management committee of the Roupell Park Estate is holding a spring clean event on 19th May from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
The aim is to get together to tidy up the estate – clear up those small but annoying bits of rubbish in the flower beds; tidy round the blocks and smarten up the estate even more.
Above all, the aim is to bring the community together and take pride in the estate. All ages and families are welcome. Equipment such as gloves, brooms and litter pickers will be provided.
Meet at 10.30am at the Roupell Park Community Centre by Hyperion House, off Upper Tulse Hill, where equipment will be provided and groups formed. The coffee morning senior citizens group will be supporting with refreshments at the community centre.
The Fish Shack and Deli Shack at 56 Morrish Road has applied for a premises licence in order to sell alcohol 12 noon to 1am each day. The bar and restaurant is listed as closing at 1.30am every day.
A previous venue at this location, Serenity Bar, had its licence revoked due to disturbance to residents and there have been ongoing reports of anti-social behaviour in the road.
The deadline for representations has been extended to 17 May due to a failure to properly display the licensing notice. Written representations can be made by emailing email@example.com quoting the venue’s address and addressing at least one of the four licensing objectives.
The Friends of Windmill Gardens are looking for a part time Project Administrator to support them through the step changes required to prepare for and open the new education building at Brixton Windmill. This 15-month post is funded by a grant from the HLF Resilient Fund.
This preparedness includes the establishment of the Friends as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with a new Board of Trustees; reviewing and introducing new systems to ensure sustainable growth in volunteering, membership, trading and finance.
Reporting: The post reports to the Chair of the Friends of Windmill Gardens.
Days/hours: To work flexibly 2.5 days (17.5 hours) per week which will involve occasional evening or weekend commitments at the standard pay rate. Initially the post will be based at the Blenheim Gardens Resident Management Organisation office. Once the new Windmill Education Centre opens in January it will be based there. Additional hours may be worked by agreement if the service demands this.
Closing date for applications: 5pm on 28 May 2018.
For a full job description and application form, please see the Friends’ website.