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.
Next week, starting from 5 August, the gas suppliers (SGN) are doing major work to upgrade their network at the Acre Lane/Brixton Hill/Brixton Road/Coldharbour Lane junction. These works will last approximately 5 weeks. Works will take place 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.
Various roads and junctions will be affected. Brixton Hill and Effra Lane will be reduced southbound to one lane and Acre Lane eastbound to one lane. From Monday 19 August, Buses and HGV’s will be unable to turn right from Acre Lane onto Brixton Hill. Signed diversions will be in place via Effra Road and St. Matthews Road. There may be significant disruption to traffic through Brixton throughout August.
With the completion of the Civic Centre and new housing by the Town Hall, work has begun on the final phase of the project with the redevelopment of Olive Morris House. The former Council offices will be replaced by a new building with 74 flats (40% affordable), which went through the planning process some years ago. Details of the new building are on the Your New Town Hall website.
Work already started in May with surveys of the ground conditions in and around the site to help plan demolition. This involves some drilling and digging.
The developers – Muse – sent nearby residents a letter in recent weeks to alert them of the works and to give some information about next steps. If any residents didn’t receive this letter, let councillors know and we will ensure that you are added to their lists.
Over coming weeks Muse and their consultants GL Hearn will release more information about the demolition works and will arrange a public meeting for residents to meet the team and discuss issues.
The team have provided contact details for questions and for registering interest in the public meetings:
Call: 0344 225 0003 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write: Freepost RTZS-BLHZ-EUXC, GL Hearn, 65 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ *GL Hearn is supporting Muse Developments with public and neighbour engagement on this project
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.
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:
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.
Lambeth Council has opened a consultation to hear what residents think about proposals to introduce a ‘PSPO’ for sexual health and reproductive health clinics in Lambeth to protect women and girls accessing services, including at the clinic on Brixton Hill. This follows a Labour motion at the recent Council meeting calling for a public spaces protection order (PSPO).
Evidence collected by the Back Off campaign, the British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS) campaign to end harassment and intimidation outside clinics, paints a troubling picture of the experience of staff and service users at Marie Stopes in Brixton and BPAS in Streatham.
One woman said she suffered from an existing mental health condition and the comments from protestors “significantly increased my anxiety and anger”. Another user said they made her feel “uncomfortable and afraid of what would happen”. One said the activities “upset people already going through a traumatic situation”.
While everyone has the right to protest peacefully, Lambeth Labour believe it is completely unacceptable for women to be subject to intimidation and harassment simply for exercising their legal right to access abortion services. Read more on the background to this issue here.
Lambeth Council is now consulting on a draft PSPO that would seek to reduce harassment and intimidation and the relaying of false information at the Marie Stopes clinic on Brixton Hill and the BPAS clinic in Streatham.
The Council need to balance the rights of the community to enjoy public spaces without being affected by ASB, with the civil liberties of individuals and groups who may be affected by any restrictions imposed. Whether you are affected by the ASB or would be restricted by the terms of the draft PSPO, you can have your say before 26 February:
As 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.
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.
A 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.
A planning application has been made for the former Toyota garage at 237 Brixton Hill by the bus depot.
The plans consist of the demolition of the existing building on site and erection of a four-storey building comprising commercial floorspace on part of ground floor and basement level and provision of 10 self-contained residential units.
As your local councillors, our initial thought is that this development could be too large for this site and out of keeping, and we are concerned by the lack of affordable housing in the development. But we want to know what residents think and to remind neighbours of the opportunity to tell the Council direct. Continue reading →