Brixton Hill’s two principal Christmas fairs take place this weekend. On Saturday 3rd December Corpus Christi Primary School will hold its fair 12-4 with Santa’s Grotto plus food and goodies, compered by Miranda Sawyer and Richard Avery.
This is followed by Sudbourne School’s Winter Fair on Sunday 1-4 with the traditional stalls and raffle. Entrance £1.
Corpus Christi schoolchildren are also taking part in the switch-on of Brixton’s Christmas lights tonight (Friday 2nd December) at 6pm.
The 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.
Last 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
On 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.
The plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Olive Morris House, and the new Civic Centre on Brixton Hill will be considered by the Planning Applications Committee on 1 September.
Councillors who are members of the PAC will consider the plans along with submissions from the public, Historic England and other stakeholders.
As well as the new offices for Council staff and facilities for council functions like the registry office, almost 200 new homes are planned for the various sites.
Members of the public may attend the meeting, although only those who have made representations in advance will have the opportunity to address the Committee so that their concerns can be taken into account. The meeting takes place at Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill at 7pm on Tuesday 1st September.
Agenda papers are available online.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council, has written a blogpost outlining the current status of the Your New Town Hall project, explaining how we got here and why it’s important for residents to get involved, with 120 already having attended the latest round of consultation events.
Key issues addressed by Cllr McGlone include how the project will save taxpayers money and what it will cost; the 200 new homes on site, with 40% classed as ‘affordable’; the 45 apprenticeships and over 700 jobs created during construction; the Impact Hub for start-up and small businesses; and landscaping of the site. Continue reading
After months of waiting for any news at all about the plans for the redevelopment of the Lambeth College site on Brixton Hill, the Government has finally announced its outline plans for the site that it bought from the College for £18million.
Brixton Hill residents have been invited to an ‘open forum’ discussion at the site on November 19, before the formal consultation process begins.
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has confirmed the redeveloped site will be home to adult education and training facilities for Lambeth College, the new Trinity Academy and the 14-19 Southbank University Technical College in partnership with London Southbank University and employer sponsors. They say the new buildings and provision will aim to cater for almost 2,000 learners at a time. Continue reading
As plans continue to be developed for the New Town Hall and council office sites along Brixton Hill, local residents are being invited to consultation meetings later this month to further consider ideas for the new buildings.
Reports on local blogs mistakenly suggested that the historic (and iconic) Electric Brixton on Town Hall Parade would now form part of the development. Brixton Blog has now corrected this and the Council has confirmed that there are no plans for the site. The neighbouring building currently housing the Fridge Bar has always been part of the redevelopment proposals alongside Hambrook House, Olive Morris House and council buildings on Buckner Road. Continue reading
Following outline planning permission granted earlier this year, the Council are now consulting on the detail of the proposals to expand Sudbourne Primary School using the vacant site on the other side of Sudbourne Road.
The proposed expansion would enable Sudbourne School to expand from the current 1.5 form entry school, to a 3 form entry school. This would mean that from September 2015, the new school would open its doors, and would be able to admit 90 children in each year group, instead of the current 45. Eventually, Sudbourne School would be able to accommodate 630 pupils from Reception up to Year 6; twice the current number.
Brixton Hill’s councillors and Lambeth’s lead on education, Cllr Rachel Heywood, have been working with the school to ensure the expansion maintains the current school’s ethos and way of working.
Now local residents have a chance to have their say on the plans on Tuesday December 17. Proposed designs will be on display at a drop-in session at the school between 2-8pm and people will be able to comment on them and speak with the designers.
Councillor Florence Nosegbe welcomed Sudbourne’s proposed expansion earlier this year: “More and more people are choosing to send their kids to local schools which is good, but bad because there’s not enough space. As one of the only councillors who went to primary and secondary school in Lambeth, I know how important it is for local children to get access to local schools.”
As we get closer to Christmas, events are popping up around the area. Here are a couple taking place this weekend.
Tulse Hill Arts & Crafts Market
Saturday 7 December, 11-4
Rush Common, Brixton Hill at the corner of Upper Tulse Hill
This month the regular market organised by the Tulse Hill Forum has a special guest – Santa! There are the usual arts and crafts, and home-made goodies.
Check out this video made by local resident Natasha Coleman:
Sudbourne Primary School Winter Fair
Saturday 7 December, 11.30-2.30
Sudbourne School, Hayter Road/Sudbourne Road
There’ll be a santa’s grotto, tombola, Christmas gifts, games, face painting and a craft area. Kids can even get down to writing a letter to Father Christmas. A cafe will be serving homemade cakes, mulled wines, soups and stews.
Entrance is on Sudbourne Road and adults pay 50p for entry, kids go free.