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.
American news channel CNBC has featured the work of residents of Sulina and Morrish Roads, supported by Lambeth Council, to improve their local environment.
Earlier this month, local residents around the top of Brixton Hill organised a Community Freshview day. Lambeth Council provided tools and materials so that residents could make planters to brighten up areas where rubbish was formerly dumped.
This follows similar Community Freshview days earlier in the autumn in Hayter and Sudbourne Roads where residents painted walls and trimmed hedges, as well as installing new planters. Community Freshview is an award-winning scheme organised by Lambeth Council.
Now CNBC have picked up the hard work of Sulina and Morrish Road residents in their feature on ‘secret gardens’ in London. They quoted Charmian Kenner, the well-known chair of the local residents’ association: “We’ve discovered that if you put any kinds of plants or flowers on the street, this deters people from dumping rubbish. They begin to see the area in a different way. If you make the area look nice and attractive it no longer conjures up thoughts of dumping rubbish.”
If you and your neighbours want to organise a Community Freshview day in your road, call 020 7926 0524 or email Freshview@lambeth.gov.uk.