10 homes planned for former Toyota garage at 237 Brixton Hill

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

Formal consultation launched on Controlled Parking Zones for Brixton Hill

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Proposals around Morrish Road

From today residents can respond to a consultation on proposals for new controlled parking zones either side of Brixton Hill up to the South Circular. The council has taken the decision to proceed with the implementation of a Controlled Parking Zone, subject to the outcome of the statutory consultation.

This follows an informal consultation late last year, which showed support for controlled parking in those areas without a CPZ currently. The proposals have been guided by the detailed comments residents made, including the hours of operation. Efforts have been made to have a mix of areas that are residents only as well as metered parking, so that there are options for visitors to the area but commuter parking is deterred.

This follows a great deal of work by residents and councillors to highlight the issue and ensure the Council understood the need for parking controls to deal with increased pressure from commuter parking. Continue reading

Do you want a Controlled Parking Zone for Brixton Hill?

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An official but informal Council consultation has opened this week on whether residents want to see new parking controls in streets in Brixton Hill where no restrictions currently exist.

Since being elected as Brixton Hill’s councillors in 2014, we have received hundreds of emails, letters and petition signatures asking for controlled parking to be extended to the roads south and west of Brixton Prison. We have been pushing throughout this period for a consultation to once again be undertaken to see if residents genuinely do wish to see parking controls extended across the ward, and what form they might take.

The new consultation has been set up following the conclusion of Lambeth’s parking stress review, which was launched after lobbying from local councillors and residents. This concluded that a large area north of the South Circular was suffering from high levels of parking stress meaning residents struggle to park near their homes on weekdays when commuters are taking up many of the spaces. We have heard incidents of road rage and danger for pedestrians and cyclists. There is also concern that residents in nearby CPZ areas may be parking their cars in roads without controls.

We are pleased that the Council has taken on board our points in the review and is now proposing a Controlled Parking Zone for all non-estate roads in the area north of the South Circular. It may be that some roads have different requirements or preferences and residents can for instance suggest hours of operation for any proposed CPZ in their area. We will be looking closely at results to ensure any proposals down the line reflect what residents tell us they prefer.

If you do not support any parking controls, we need to hear your voice too! Please make your comments on the survey. Brixton Hill councillors do not want to see controls imposed if the majority of residents do not support them

Residents can find out more about the consultation at www.lambeth.gov.uk/bhcpz and the survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BrixtonHillCPZ.  The closing date for the consultation is 20th October.

There will be a drop in session with Lambeth traffic engineers at Richard Atkins Primary School on 1st October, 10am-4pm.

Launch of Holmewood Neighbourhood Association

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A residents’ association has been relaunched to cover the ‘Holmewood’ area – covering Holmewood Gardens and the neighbouring roads of Holmewood Road, Maplestead Road, Cotherstone Road and Rush Common Mews.

The Association initially formed in 1998 and was extremely active for several years. In partnership with the Council it developed and implemented the country’s first ever Home Zone and rebuilt the park playground. The Association relaunched in January and has a website at www.holmewood.org.uk.

Upcoming plans include a tree planting day this Saturday, 20th February.

Brixton Hill councillors look forward to working with the Association and its members.

Traffic light replacement at Christchurch Road Junction with Cotherstone Road

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.

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Current planning and licensing issues

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.

You can read further details and make a submission here. You can also email planning@lambeth.gov.uk. The close of consultation is 14 November.

Veranda Bar

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:

  • By email – licensing@lambeth.gov.uk
  • By letter – Licensing, 5th Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SP
  • By fax – 020 7926 6150