Katakata alcohol licence application

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Katakata, the cafe at 134 Brixton Hill, has applied for a licence to sell alcohol.

The application is to sell alcohol from the cafe between 12 noon and 9pm each day, 7pm on Sundays.

Residents have until 27th July to make comments. This can be done online at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/forms/comment-on-a-licence-application-form

Major changes proposed for Brixton Hill bus lanes

Transport for London have launched a major consultation on the bus lanes along Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road, that aims to improve bus times and reliability but will involve narrowing some of the pavements, putting loading bays onto pavements and potential changes for cyclists.

The full details are below and we urge residents to respond. We will make representations that any changes should enhance cyclists’ safety, not endanger pedestrians and tie into much-needed junction and crossing improvements.

Comments can be made on the online survey here and you can also email London Assembly Member and Brixton Hill councillor, Florence Eshalomi AM. Continue reading

Val Shawcross urges TfL to take action on dangerous junction

valjunctionLocal London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has urged Transport for London to take action over the dangerous junction at Brixton Hill with Acre Lane.

Val has received figures showing that from 2012-2014 there were 15 pedestrian casualties at the junction, more than other hotspots in the area. Val has tabled a series of questions to the Mayor of London asking what plans TfL have to improve the area and make it safe.

Val told the South London Press: “The area around this junction has been transformed during my time as Assembly member for the area and the new space at Windrush Square shows what can be done to create a brilliant public realm. So many people live, work and visit Brixton and travel through this key junction so to see these accident figures is alarming. As well as being a very attractive street scene we also want this key area to be as safe as possible. Continue reading

Consultation on New Town Hall Construction Plans

Town-HallThe New Town Hall project was granted planning permission earlier this autumn. It is hoped that construction will commence early next year but, in the meantime, the partners are consulting on a ‘Construction & Environmental Management Plan’ (CEMP). The deadline for feedback on this document is Thursday 3rd December at 12 noon.

The purpose of this Plan is to:

  • Describe the nature of the construction activities that will be undertaken
  • Summarise the likely environmental issues that may arise during construction such as noise, dust and vibration
  • Specify the team’s proposed approach to managing these
  • Outline the team’s proposed construction and demolition programme
  • Provide useful information such as a point of contact, agreed working hours for noisy works and the team’s Code of Practice

This encompasses the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Ivor House on Acre Lane as well as the new buildings on Brixton Hill next to the Electric Brixton and on the site of Olive Morris House.

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Councillors call on Mayor to sort dangerous Brixton junction

***UPDATE*** We made the front page of the South London Press Brixton edition!

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IMG_4244Parents of children at Corpus Christi Primary school have joined Brixton Hill’s councillors and Labour’s London Assembly candidate to call on the Mayor of London to make a dangerous Brixton junction after another serious accident this week. Adrian, Florence and Martin met parents this afternoon to see the issue and plan next steps.

The junction of Brixton Hill and Brixton Water Lane was originally named by Transport for London as one of the 100 most dangerous junctions in the whole of London yet the Mayor failed to allocate any funding to make the junction safer and the Better Junctions programme has since been downgraded.

Councillors and the school have been making representations to the Mayor and Transport for London for some time via the local Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross, with the Mayor pledging to take action in a letter to Cllr Tiedemann last year. Ms Shawcross has pledged to write a firm letter to the Mayor demanding an urgent safety review.
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Councillors successfully lobby TfL for ‘Keep Clear’ road markings

IMG_4083Brixton Hill councillors have successfully lobbied Transport for London (TfL) to paint ‘Keep Clear’ road markings on Brixton Hill so that residents of Renton Close are better able to exit during rush hour traffic.

On a recent walkabout with TfL officers, a Renton Close resident told councillors how difficult it can be to drive out of the close when traffic is bumper to bumper down Brixton Hill. We raised this problem with TfL, who control the A23, and worked with our London Assembly Member, Val Shawcross, to push them to find a solution to the issue.

We are pleased that TfL agreed and ‘Keep Clear’ markings were painted on Brixton Hill this past week. While the measure alone won’t address the heavy traffic, we hope it will help the situation for residents of `Renton Close.

Morley’s customer may be key to Brixton Hill rape case

cctvPolice are appealing for help tracing a woman who may have information after a rape on Brixton Hill. Detectives have released a CCTV image after a woman in her 20s was attacked off Brixton Hill in the early hours of Sunday 2nd August.

The woman was allegedly approached by a man she did not know, before being dragged into a secluded area and raped.

Police said the woman they released an image of is seen going into Morley’s Chicken shop on Brixton Hill at around 2.39am, before the attack took place.

A spokesman added: “The woman, who is white and believed to be aged in her mid-20s, was wearing a light coloured dress. As she came out of the shop, she was approached by a man with whom she walks up Brixton Hill towards Streatham.

“The woman may be able to help detectives investigating an allegation of rape committed nearby later that morning.”

A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with rape on Tuesday, August 11, and is due in court in November, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8721 4106 or via 101.

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 Town Hall given planning permission

YNTH-sketchLast week Lambeth Planning Committee voted unanimously to give planning permission to the New Town Hall project, comprising the refurbishment of the Town Hall, a new civic complex on Town Hall Parade, new housing to replace Hambrook House and Olive Morris House further along Brixton Hill, the conversion of Ivor House on Acre Lane and new public space on Buckner Road.

Residents addressed the meeting and were able to give eloquent accounts of their concerns regarding both the construction and the impact of the new developments. The developers, Muse, also addressed the meeting and outlined how the project had already changed to try and reflect residents’ issues after two years of consultation. However, clearly, with a proposal of this scale there would still be considerable impact on residents – for some individual properties we recognise that impact is severe. Continue reading

‘Jumble Trail’ in Brixton Hill on Bank Holiday Monday

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.58.13On Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August, a ‘Jumble Trail’ is coming to Brixton Hill. A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street. Communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever.

Fifteen locations around Brixton Hill are so far participating. Locations include outside Olive Morris House and private homes on Hayter Road, Bonham Road, King’s Avenue, Thornbury Road and Elm Park.

The whole thing is coordinated online at jumbletrail.com/event/SW2AUGUST providing visitors with a map to explore the treasure on sale in the neighbourhood.