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

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Windmill View – Lambeth’s TRA of the month!

The latest Tenants’ and Residents’ Association Newsletter from Lambeth Council’s Housing Department is out. It features news for TRAs and training offers, alongside the regular ‘TRA of the month’ feature. This month the featured TRA is Windmill View TRA, covering Loats Road, Bowater Close, Claudia Jones Way and some properties on Lyham Road.

One of our recently re-launched TRAs is Windmill View on Lyham Road, Brixton.

They’ve been meeting in the local youth club to get themselves re-registered and constituted. The following was taken from the chair of the TRA, Sonia Bailey, report to the AGM which we think encapsulates why TRAs remain fundamental to our engagement.

“We want to take the TRA forward fully membered and hope to attract persons who share our vision we have to ensure we maintain a community and environment where residents can live a clean, fear-free and safe life with respect for each other.”

The TRA have had their work cut out with major works and anti social behaviour issues which have been successfully resolved working with the Housing office and Police. The TRA are now looking to brighten up some of the play areas on the edge of the estate with a project involving the estate children.

Welcome back Windmill View!!

Question to Council regarding road safety and 20mph enforcement

File 29-01-2017, 22 07 16.pngAt last week’s full Council, Cllr Martin Tiedemann was able to put down a written question concerning road safety in Brixton Hill. He addressed enforcement of 20mph, rat runs and speeding through the area and unsafe pedestrian crossings, especially the zebra crossing on Kings Avenue. The cabinet member gave a comprehensive response.

At the meeting, Martin was able to follow this up with an oral question, where he raised the New Park Road safety scheme. Cllr Tiedemann thanked the Council for completing the scheme and asked for monitoring to ensure it was doing its job and ensuring safety for residents and the pupils of Richard Atkins Primary School. Cllr Brathwaite was able to assure us that monitoring is indeed taking place and results would be shared soon. Continue reading

Trees planted to complete New Park Road safety scheme

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At last the New Park Road safety scheme is finished! Trees have now been planted in the tree pits to complete works on the New Park Road safety scheme, funded by Transport for London and Lambeth Council.

It started in 2015 with anxious parents at Richard Atkins Primary School asking their local Councillors to make New Park Road safer for their children. It was used as a rat run, and several had been injured as a result.

After considerable consultation with residents from a wide area, some false
starts, and a certain amount of ill feeling, Sustrans, our consultants in the project,
came up with the present layout. Funded partly by the Council, but mainly by TfL, the
final stage has been reached – a dozen or so trees planted to complement the chicane,
the build-outs, the coloured circles and the raised road level. 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.

New bike hangars for Brixton Hill

2014-04-24 09.23.57-1Due to popular demand, new bike hangars are to be installed in various locations across the Brixton Hill ward. The bike hangars are operated by Cyclehoop and allow residents to rent a secure and dry space for their bicycle.

Hangars are to be installed at the following locations:

  • Baytree Road (by Effra Court)
  • Beverstone Road – one outside No. 11 and another outside Nos. 10/12
  • Branksome Road – one outside 15/17 and another outside No. 88
  • Lambert Road – one outside No. 36, another by No. 45 and another outside No. 55
  • Lyham Road – outside Nos. 7/8 Clapham Park Terrace, and outside Nos. 13/14 Clapham Park Terrace
  • Mandrell Road – to the side of 110 Strathleven Road
  • Strathleven Road – outside No. 40, another outside No. 56, and another outside Nos. 69/71

Once the hangars are installed residents will be able to rent a space via the cyclehoops.rentals website. Continue reading

Incredible community support for injured Lyham Road shopkeeper

6628581_1446558648.7178Last month the shopkeeper at the corner shop on Lyham Road was shot in the face with a pellet gun during an armed robbery. The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for numerous wounds to his face. Some of the pellets lodged in his eyes and he will require further surgery to remove the pellets and save his sight.

Councillors Garden and Tiedemann visited the shop the next day to offer support to the family and the police continue to appeal for witnesses with CCTV images. But Lyham Road residents have come together to organise an incredible show of community support with a crowdfunded campaign that has raised over £1,500 for the shopkeeper. Continue reading

“Windmill View” residents’ association launched

Claudia Jones Way roadsignCouncillors Adrian Garden and Martin Tiedemann were pleased to join residents of a Brixton Hill estate last night at the latest meeting of a new Tenants and Residents’ Association.

Windmill View TRA has been set up for the residents of Bowater Close, Claudia Jones Way, Loats Road and the council properties on Lyham Road. Among the issues discussed were flytipping and plans for the play area and park adjacent to the estate on Lyham Road.

The next meeting of the TRA will be in early December. More information can be received from windmillview@hotmail.com.

Road safety measures to be trialled on New Park Road

LogoAs previously mentioned, the DIY Schools Richard Atkins project came about due to parent, councillor and residents’ complaints about lack of safe crossing points and high number of accidents (12 in the last three years) outside the school and volume of traffic using New Park Road as a cut-through.

Following a great deal of consultation with residents and parents, proposed designs have been produced that can be viewed online. These are now to be introduced on an experimental basis. Residents can attend one of the following events to raise questions or concerns:

  • Drop in/pop up – At the junction between Lyham/Chale and Dumbarton roads | Thursday 24th September 5pm-8pm
  • Design review and Q&A – Meeting at Clapham Park Project, 1-4 Brixton Hill Place | 30th September 7pm – 9pm
  • Drop in/pop up – Outside The Hand in Hand Pub, New Park Road | 7th October 5pm-8pm

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Help make New Park Road safer and better for local residents

11065918_764307080335367_3125684556957302313_nFollowing a number of accidents on New Park Road, parents of pupils at Richard Atkins Primary School wrote to councillors to ask for support for road safety measures.

An exciting project is now coming to New Park Road. DIY Schools will investigate speed, congestion, air quality and pedestrian safety outside the school. Together with traffic calming experts, local residents are being invited to “co-design” temporary interventions to create a safer, cleaner, greener New Park Road around the school entrances.

The project is for seven months and input from the community is needed throughout. People living in and moving through an area are experts in how it works and can tell us what the problems are and design the solutions.  Continue reading