Question to Council regarding Sudbourne and Orchard primary schools

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Orchard Primary School

Ahead of the next meeting of Lambeth Council next week, written questions to the Cabinet have been published. Brixton Hill councillor Adrian Garden asked for an update regarding the long hoped for expansion of Sudbourne Primary School, and the planned rebuild of Orchard Primary School on Christchurch Road.

Here is the cabinet member’s reply. Continue reading

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Lambeth Council awards £360k to Brixton Windmill for new education centre

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Cllr Adrian Garden first posted this on the Lambeth Labour site.

Lambeth Council has awarded £360,000 to Brixton Windmill for the construction of a new education centre.

This year the mill celebrates Brixton Windmill’s 200th birthday* so both the Friends of Windmill Gardens (FoWG) and the Council want to make it a memorable year.

And we’ve managed to do in a big way!

In addition to the many events the FoWG are arranging, the £360,000 the Council is providing will enable the construction of an education centre in Windmill Gardens for the use of the FoWG. Continue reading

Brixton Windmill update from Cllr Adrian Garden

By Cllr Adrian Garden, Councillor for Brixton Hill

John Ashby’s Windmill (aka Brixton Windmill) is now the nearest mill to the centre of London. It was built in 1816 in farmland on top of a hill. In the mid 1850s the surrounding cornfields were replaced by houses, so the strength of the wind reduced catastrophically, and the family decamped to their watermill on the Wandle at Mitcham. When that lease ran out in 1902, the family came back and installed a mill powered by a steam engine on the first floor, which is still there, though now powered by electricity. The business finally ceased in 1934.

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“Windmill View” residents’ association launched

Claudia Jones Way roadsignCouncillors Adrian Garden and Martin Tiedemann were pleased to join residents of a Brixton Hill estate last night at the latest meeting of a new Tenants and Residents’ Association.

Windmill View TRA has been set up for the residents of Bowater Close, Claudia Jones Way, Loats Road and the council properties on Lyham Road. Among the issues discussed were flytipping and plans for the play area and park adjacent to the estate on Lyham Road.

The next meeting of the TRA will be in early December. More information can be received from windmillview@hotmail.com.

Butterflies make Brixton Hill residents smile

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People walking past the Town Hall over the summer may have noticed some new additions to the flower beds outside by a local artist. Beautiful hand-painted butterflies were installed by local artist Magdalen Rubalcava to brighten up Brixton and ‘make people smile’.

Magdalen, who is well known locally from her work at Brixton Windmill, was supported by Brixton Hill councillor Adrian Garden and Veolia in the project. She made almost 100 butterflies by hand in various materials, building up to a grand Butterfly Finale ahead of the closure of the Town Hall for refurbishment.

The butterflies, which featured in the South London Press, are now moving to other locations in Lambeth and will be auctioned off for FoodCycle.

New surgery details for Brixton Hill

Brixton Hill group shotGiven the imminent closure of Lambeth Town Hall for refurbishment, councillors’ surgeries can no longer take place there. From September, Brixton Hill councillors will hold their surgeries on the first Saturday of each month except August at Roupell Park Community Centre, Hyperion House, Upper Tulse Hill, between 10 and 11am.

We are hoping to hold a second surgery each month at a different location in the ward, likely to be on a weekday evening for those who find weekends difficult.

In addition Cllr Martin Tiedemann holds a monthly Spanish language surgery for the Latin American community at IRMO, Unit 8, Warwick House, Overton Road, London, SW9 7JP

Councillors in other parts of Brixton hold their own surgeries elsewhere – details of all Lambeth councillors here.

Martin and Adrian help celebrate the achievements of local learners with CEF Lyncx

IMG_2583CEF Lyncx (CEFL) is an educational organisation providing learning opportunities to help young people achieve their potential. The project originated on the Blenheim Gardens Estate and is now operating in three other tenant managed estates across Lambeth.

This week Cllr Martin Tiedemann and Cllr Adrian Garden joined CEFL learners and their families and the hardworking team behind the project at the annual awards ceremony and were pleased to award every learner with a certificate of achievement.

Earlier this year, Blenheim Gardens RMO and CEF Lyncx were winners of the Lambeth Community Initiative Award 2014. The project was selected by attendees at the Lambeth Council residents conference on Saturday 25th from a number of other community projects. Continue reading

New roles for Brixton Hill councillors

Brixton Hill’s councillors have all been appointed to new positions within the Town Hall.

Councillor Adrian Garden has been appointed as Chair of Corporate Committee, the influential committee that acts as the Council’s ‘audit committee’, charged with governance, elections, employment issues and clearing the Council’s contracts. It discharges (on very rare occasions) the functions of the Council under the Rush Common Act 1806.

Councillor Florence Nosegbe is the Neighbourhood Lead for Brixton, one of five new positions to champion Lambeth’s neighbourhoods and link with key local organisations and initiatives like Brixton’s Business Improvement District.

Councillor Martin Tiedemann is now Deputy Cabinet Member for Healthy Living, responsible for encouraging greater participation in activities to keep people healthy, including leading on work to reduce isolation and promote the wellbeing of older people such as befriending networks and carers.

We are looking forward to working in these new roles and to using them to bring benefits to the services used by Brixton Hill residents.

We are also very proud that Brixton Hill resident Cllr Adedamola Aminu is the new Mayor of Lambeth for 2014/15. Ade has lived in the ward for many years and is councillor for the neighbouring ward of Tulse Hill.

Labour councillors re-elected in Brixton Hill with pledges to make area cleaner & greener and roads safer

Brixton Hill group shotAdrian Garden, Florence Nosegbe and Martin Tiedemann have been elected as the Labour councillors for Brixton Hill.

Adrian, formerly councillor for Vassall ward around Brixton Road, lives in Brixton Hill and was previously chair of the Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel and of the Friends of Windmill Gardens. He joins Florence and Martin who have been councillors for the area since 2006 and 2013 respectively. Continue reading