#WeStandTogether – statement on Westminster terror attack

Lambeth Council and Cllr Florence Eshalomi AM are among those who have issued the joint statement below on yesterday’s terror attack.

Today was an attack on our democracy, but together we will not let the terrorists use fear to divide us nor will we let them succeed.

Our Lambeth community, and all Londoners, will have been shocked by the scenes from Westminster. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

We thank Lambeth police and the Metropolitan police for their swift response and utmost professionalism to keep us safe, and regretfully mourn the loss of their heroic colleague.

The council and partner agencies are supporting the police to ensure we continue with our daily lives in safety. We ask everyone to remain calm and vigilant of any suspicious activity. If you have any information in relation to this incident please call 0800 789 321.

Again, we ask everyone to stand united against those who seek to sow fear and hatred among us.

Cllr Mohammed Seedat, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Healthier & Stronger Communities

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna

Lambeth & Southwark London Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi

Cllr Saleha Jaffer, Mayor of Lambeth

Nick Mason, Chair of Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board and IAG

Dr Mahamed Hashi, Chair of Pan-London Stop & Search Community Monitoring Network

Ven. George Ansah, Chair of Faiths Together in Lambeth

http://love.lambeth.gov.uk/joint-statement-westminster-terror-attack/

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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

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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New surgery details for Brixton Hill

Brixton Hill group shotGiven the imminent closure of Lambeth Town Hall for refurbishment, councillors’ surgeries can no longer take place there. From September, Brixton Hill councillors will hold their surgeries on the first Saturday of each month except August at Roupell Park Community Centre, Hyperion House, Upper Tulse Hill, between 10 and 11am.

We are hoping to hold a second surgery each month at a different location in the ward, likely to be on a weekday evening for those who find weekends difficult.

In addition Cllr Martin Tiedemann holds a monthly Spanish language surgery for the Latin American community at IRMO, Unit 8, Warwick House, Overton Road, London, SW9 7JP

Councillors in other parts of Brixton hold their own surgeries elsewhere – details of all Lambeth councillors here.

New roles for Brixton Hill councillors

Brixton Hill’s councillors have all been appointed to new positions within the Town Hall.

Councillor Adrian Garden has been appointed as Chair of Corporate Committee, the influential committee that acts as the Council’s ‘audit committee’, charged with governance, elections, employment issues and clearing the Council’s contracts. It discharges (on very rare occasions) the functions of the Council under the Rush Common Act 1806.

Councillor Florence Nosegbe is the Neighbourhood Lead for Brixton, one of five new positions to champion Lambeth’s neighbourhoods and link with key local organisations and initiatives like Brixton’s Business Improvement District.

Councillor Martin Tiedemann is now Deputy Cabinet Member for Healthy Living, responsible for encouraging greater participation in activities to keep people healthy, including leading on work to reduce isolation and promote the wellbeing of older people such as befriending networks and carers.

We are looking forward to working in these new roles and to using them to bring benefits to the services used by Brixton Hill residents.

We are also very proud that Brixton Hill resident Cllr Adedamola Aminu is the new Mayor of Lambeth for 2014/15. Ade has lived in the ward for many years and is councillor for the neighbouring ward of Tulse Hill.

Labour councillors re-elected in Brixton Hill with pledges to make area cleaner & greener and roads safer

Brixton Hill group shotAdrian 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

Latest email newsletter for residents

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Brixton Hill’s Labour Action Tea, recently sent out their latest email newsletter for residents, distributed to hundreds of residents in Brixton Hill to report back on local issues.

You can read the current newsletter – a “streets special” covering road repairs, walking and cycling – online here.

You can subscribe to future newsletters by clicking here.