An event is being held on Monday 23 July to consult the public on plans for a new building at Orchard Primary School at the corner of Cotherstone and Christchurch Roads. The exhibition will display the proposals to provide enhanced teaching facilities. Members of the project team will be on hand to discuss the proposals before a planning application is made.
In addition to a new building, the existing buildings at Orchard Primary are listed and repair works are proposed for those. The scheme will also provide improvements to the landscape including new planting, new outdoor activity spaces, study gardens and performance spaces.
The public consultation event will take place in the School Hall at Orchard Primary School, Christchurch Road, London, SW2 3ES on Monday 23rd July 6pm-8pm.
Works by Transport for London are due to start for three weeks to replace the traffic lights on Christchurch Road at the junction with Cotherstone Road. This work is part of TfL’s Road Modernisation Plan.
The works are planned to start on Monday 15 February 2016 and will last for approximately three weeks depending on the weather conditions. The map below shows you the areas affected. The works will take place on Mondays to Fridays between 08:00 and 18:00, Saturdays between 09:30 and 15:30 and Sundays between 09:00 and 13:00.
During the works, TfL will put in some traffic management measures such as lane closures and temporary traffic lights with pedestrian facilities to ensure the safety of those using the road.
Obviously some disruption is inevitable but should residents require further information or an update during the delivery of these works, please contact our Customer Services team on 0343 222 1234 or via the web at tfl.gov.uk/contact.
A group of local residents have started a change.org petition calling on Transport for London to introduce a direct bus service along the South Circular between Tulse Hill and Clapham South. This would serve Brixton Hill residents near to Christchurch Road and Streatham Place.
Campaigners say that, currently, travellers (especially children going to school) need to take two buses via congested Brixton or Streatham, or walk along polluted main roads. Others choose to drive on what are relatively short journeys.
Over 100 people have already signed the petition and residents have put together a video about the campaign.
As pressure on school places locally grows and the Coalition government makes it ever harder for Councils to directly open new schools, it’s great to see a new non-selective secondary school open serving the southern end of Brixton Hill.
City Heights E-ACT Academy is now open on Christchurch Road. It describes itself as ‘a non-denominational, non-selective school, welcoming girls and boys from all backgrounds from the local community.’ It opened last September with just 110 Year 7 students and has now taken in a second year-group in its permanent new site next to Fenstanton Primary School. It specialises in language skills, particularly Spanish, which will be welcome to the growing Latin American community in the area and their neighbours.
The school is taking part in Open House Weekend on 20 September so residents can have a look around. Tours must be pre-booked 10-12.30 – more details here.
Inevitably a new school with, eventually, 1,100 11-18 year olds will be the cause of some concern for local residents. The St Martin’s Estate TRA, which covers Challice Way in Brixton Hill ward as well as the rest of the estate in Tulse Hill, is organising a meeting where locals can raise any questions or issues with Jim Henderson of the school. The meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd September, 7:30pm, at the St Martin’s Community Centre, Abbots Park. Further details here.
Here are some of the key planning and licensing issues in the ward at the moment. Residents may wish to make direct representations to the Council or contact ward councillors.
Orchard Primary School
13/04830/FUL: Orchard Primary on Cotherstone Road has put in an application for the demolition of existing non-listed buildings and the erection of 7 new dwelling houses, including new vehicular and pedestrian access.
Following a serious incident which allegedly took place at the Veranda Bar on Acre Lane, the police have referred it to the Licensing Sub-Committee for a review. Details of the review and the police submission are here. A special meeting of the LSC will consider this at 7pm on 6th November at the Town Hall.
Because of the emergency nature of this application, residents only have until Monday 28 October to make representations. Advice is available. To make a representation: