Last year, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) started a review of Lambeth council’s electoral wards. The process is designed to make sure that the wards are as fair as possible in terms of representation. The LGBCE wants to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
Following a first-stage consultation with Lambeth residents, community groups and organisations and the voluntary sector in the borough, the LGBCE has drawn up proposals which make changes to the current electoral wards. It is proposing that there should be 26 wards and 1-3 councillors per ward. All wards will change.
For the current Brixton Hill ward, the following changes are proposed:
The area between Brixton Prison and Acre Lane will join the neighbourhood to the north (such as Solon and Ferndale Roads) to become a new ward called Brixton Acre Lane.
The area south of Brixton Prison will join the Clapham Park Estate across the South Circular and down towards Clapham Common.
The Roupell Park Estate and Holmewood Gardens will be in a ward called Rush Common with much of the area that side of Brixton Hill down to Brixton itself.
Challice Way and Vibart Gardens would be in a new ward with the rest of the St Martin’s Estate and area around Tulse Hill station called St Martin’s. This ward would have just two councillors.
Martin, Maria and Adrian with Florence Eshalomi AM
At the elections for Lambeth Council on 3 May, Adrian Garden and Martin Tiedemann were re-elected as councillors for Brixton Hill, and were joined by new councillor Maria Kay. They were elected as Labour & Co-operative councillors.
Lambeth will continue to be a Labour-run authority as the party won 57 of the 63 seats in the borough, a net loss of one, with the Greens now the official opposition. In Clapham Common ward, neighbouring Brixton Hill, Labour gained two seats off the Conservatives, allowing for better co-operation on issues across Kings Avenue such as road safety and schools.
Maria, Adrian and Martin said, “It’s an honour to be elected for our home ward of Brixton Hill and we want to thank all those who voted in the election. We spoke with hundreds of residents during the election and we listened to the issues you raised. We now want your help to set our priorities for the next four years. Get in touch and let us know what matters to you.”
With local elections coming up in just a few weeks on 3rd May, the Labour Party has confirmed its candidates for Brixton Hill. Existing councillors, Adrian Garden and Martin Tiedemann, will be joined by Maria Kay.
Brixton Hill residents Adrian and Martin have been active Brixton Hill councillors since 2014 and 2013 respectively. They led the fight to bring in the Controlled Parking many local residents wanted and have campaigned extensively to tackle dangerous roads and rat runs. Adrian has worked hard with the Friends of Windmill Gardens since originally helping to secure the major lottery grant that led to the windmill’s reopening. Martin has been active on local licensing and planning decisions, working to ensure late night off licences act responsibly and small businesses are supported.
After twelve years, Cllr Florence Eshalomi (formerly Nosegbe) will be retiring from Lambeth Council in May at the local elections.
In her time on the Council, Florence served as a cabinet member and as the Brixton area lead. One of her proudest achievements was setting up the Youth Mayor scheme and ensuring that Lambeth Young People have access to the decision makers. Flo has always championed our youth services and the involvement of young people in our democratic structures.
In 2016, Florence was elected as the Labour London Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark, representing local residents at City Hall and serving as Labour’s Transport Spokesperson. In that capacity, Florence will continue to serve Brixton and will continue to take up issues of real importance to the area, like air quality, road safety and bringing the Overground to Brixton.
Flo said: “Representing Brixton Hill ward for me on a personal level will always be an honour – the girl from Somerleyton Estate, which was often regarded as a no-go area in the heart of Brixton, would now be able to help the wonderful people of Brixton get answers from Lambeth Council.
“I’m excited that another fabulous Black Woman in Maria Kay will be filling my shoes and hopefully be elected as one of the Brixton Hill Councillors come 3rd May 2018.”
Chuka Umunna has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Streatham with an increased majority. With almost 70% of the vote, Labour’s candidate now has a majority of 26,285.
Chuka and Brixton Hill Labour activists worked hard on the election, specifically highlighting Chuka’s work to fight for local services and school funding, his campaign for better rail services and his challenge to a hard Brexit, including work to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK.
The full results were:
Chuka Umunna (Labour) 38,212
Kim Caddy (Conservative) 11,927
Alex Davies (Lib Dem) 3,611
Nicole Griffiths (Green) 1,696
Robert Stephenson (UKIP) 349
Adrian 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 →
Despite losing half of our funding from the Tory and Lib Dem government – we are still ambitious for Lambeth. We aspire to build on the great work which has happened since 2006, hand in hand with our residents, and improve even further.
Our pledges include:
1. Help you with the rising cost of living by freezing council tax for the sixth year in a row.
2. Boost jobs and grow local businesses by offering every young person access to job support, training or an apprenticeship.
3. Make Lambeth cleaner and greener by resurfacing 130 miles of roads and pavements and recycling more waste than ever before.
4. Create safer neighbourhoods and build the homes we need by campaigning to protect community police and building 1,000 new council homes.
5. Give young people the best start in life by offering free breakfasts in all our primary schools.
6. Help to keep you healthy by getting more people involved in sporting activities and healthy exercise.
Here in Brixton Hill we’re committed to making our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, including 20mph limits, Play Streets and more cycle parking; working with local employers including Brixton Energy to create community owned renewable energy as well as apprenticeships for local young people; and to protect Brixton’s unique character including supporting Brixton Windmill.
Earlier this year, following a deputation by Latin Americans introduced by the late Mayor Mark Bennett with a wonderful speech in Spanish, Lambeth Council joined Southwark in officially recognising the borough’s Latin American community, which comprises some 40% of all Latinos in the UK. This means that monitoring forms will begin to have Latin American as an option so that the Council can better understand how this community uses it services – or whether the community is missing out.
Now CLAUK, the Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK, have launched a campaign to get Latin Americans resident in the UK to register to vote ahead of the elections on 22 May 2014. Latin Americans with British, European Union or Commonwealth passports are entitled to a vote but many, including here in Brixton Hill, are not registered. Continue reading →