Improving waste collection for residents living above parades of shops

Following requests for help from residents living above shopping parades on New Park Road and Brixton Hill, Councillor Martin Tiedemann asked a question at last night’s Council meeting and secured renewed commitment from the Cabinet Member to address those concerns.

We will be following this issue up and ensuring that the new system, including daily collection, is rolled out to New Park Road as soon as possible and a suitable location found for the recycling bins.

13. Councillor Martin Tiedemann

To: Cabinet Member for Environment and Clean Air, Councillor Claire Holland

Residents in Brixton Hill are experiencing problems with waste collection where they live above shopping parades, particularly New Park Road. Can the cabinet member review the provision for refuse and recycling in these instances and see if a more effective approach can be taken?

Party: Labour

Answer: Lambeth has in recent years taken a number of steps forward successfully to increase recycle rates in the borough and this will remain a priority in the years ahead, despite deep government cuts to the council’s budget.

The collection of waste from flats above shops does pose a number of challenges, including the need to keep the footway free of bins means that waste is put out in bags, attracting foxes and creating litter. The change over in tenants in these properties, which tend to be privately rented, also means that establishing a regular pattern of recycling behaviour is more difficult.

However, we have been working with our waste contractor Veolia on a trial aimed at improving recycling in this type of accommodation. This includes introducing small green bins, similar to the yellow grit bins, which residents can use for their recycling bags. As part of this we are providing properties with posters containing all the necessary information which have been put up in interior hallways, ensuring that new residents have access to the information they need whenever they need it. We’re also introducing smaller packs of recycling sacks which will fit through letterboxes so that residents can access the recycling service and use it properly. General refuse is collected daily each morning, and residents are encouraged to put their waste out at the correct time before the collection takes place to reduce the number of bags on the pavement during the busier parts of the day.

The trial has so far produced positive results. Recycling has increased from flats above shops in areas where the green boxes have been situated. We are yet to receive the first batch of smaller packs of bags, but we expect this will further increase recycling. Following the end of the trial, we expect to roll out this new approach across all parades of flats above shops that are not currently in a timed collections area, including Brixton Hill and New Park Road later this year.

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New ‘green screens’ to combat air pollution installed at Corpus Christi Primary School

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Cllr Tiedemann joins pupils, parents and staff at Corpus Christi RC Primary

This week has been Clean Air Week and Lambeth Council marked the week with a series of events seeking to address air pollution in the borough, including installing two ‘green screens’ at Corpus Christi RC Primary School. Councillor Martin Tiedemann and the cabinet member for environment joined pupils, parents and staff to launch the new walls.

The screens of Hedera ivy have been built alongside the playgrounds of Corpus Christi primary school on Lambert Road and Horsford Road, blocking pollutants from Brixton Hill and enabling children to breathe cleaner air while they play. The project has been a partnership between parents and pupils, and Lambeth Council.

There has already been a significant drop in air pollution on Brixton Hill thanks to the Mayor’s clean bus corridorResearch elsewhere showed a 24% drop in NO2 with a green screen, making a real difference to the pollution encountered by primary schoolchildren.

Lambeth Labour have already got to work on delivering their ambitious manifesto. As part of their commitment to tackling air pollution councillors pledged to build a green screen at every school on a main road. Children at over 30 schools will benefit from the toxin-reducing living walls.

Over the next four years we will also:

  • Plant over 1,000 new trees.
  • Double the number of cycle hangars
  • Install over 200 electric vehicle charging points
  • Lobby the Government for a new Clean Air Act
  • Continue to work with community energy co-operatives like Repowering London, with existing solar panels on the Roupell Park Estate

Maria, Adrian and Martin elected as Labour & Co-operative councillors for Brixton Hill – full result

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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.”

The full results are as follows:

Candidate Party Votes %
Maria Kay Labour & Co-operative 2142 20% Elected
Adrian Garden Labour & Co-operative 2015 19% Elected
Martin Tiedemann Labour & Co-operative 1796 17% Elected
Gwen Buck Green 856 8% Not elected
Janet Baker Women’s Equality Party 842 8% Not elected
Richard Bultitude Green 517 5% Not elected
Will Eaves Green 478 5% Not elected
Sarah Lewis Lib Dem 420 4% Not elected
Elaine Bailey Conservative 389 4% Not elected
Lavinia Cartwright Conservative 349 3% Not elected
Savill Young Conservative 319 3% Not elected
Peter Portelli Lib Dem 222 2% Not elected
Jonathan Price Lib Dem 192 2% Not elected

 

Labour & Co-operative team for May election confirmed for Brixton Hill

new team infographicWith 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.

With the news that Florence Eshalomi is stepping down after twelve years, Brixton Hill Labour have selected Maria Kay as a candidate. Maria grew up just off Lyham Road and lives in Brixton. Her work for a charity tackling domestic violence is based in the ward.

In this election, alongside those commitments made in Lambeth Labour’s manifesto for a Better, Fairer Lambeth, Brixton Hill’s Labour team are pledging:
  • Better pavements and safer roads, with better and safer facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
  • To fight Tory cuts to our police and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on Brixton Hill
  • To tackle litter, flytipping and public nuisance with better enforcement and more litter bins
  • To fight for the rights of our European residents
  • To tackle hate crime and violence against women

Maria, Adrian and Martin will be standing as Labour & Co-operative candidates, underlining their support for a co-operative economy and active participation in the Co-operative Party.

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Lambeth Labour puts rights of EU nationals at the heart of its manifesto

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This past weekend, Lambeth Labour’s manifesto for the council elections was launched by Mayor Sadiq Khan, Chuka Umunna MP, Florence Eshalomi AM and Cllr Lib Peck. The manifesto puts the rights of Lambeth’s EU Citizens at its heart:

Fighting for the rights of EU citizens: We’re proud that 79% of Lambeth residents voted to remain in the European Union. We’ve lobbied the government to protect the rights of over 30,000 European citizens in Lambeth. Our friends and neighbours shouldn’t be treated as a bargaining chip – but sadly the Conservatives both nationally and locally refuse to support a guarantee of their rights.

A re-elected Labour council will continue fighting against the Conservative government’s disastrous Hard Brexit.

We’ll fight for the rights of EU citizens, and membership of the single market and customs union.

As this notes, Lambeth is home to over 30,000 EU citizens, other than UK and Irish citizens, and 1 in 8 of residents in Brixton Hill are EU citizens, including many of Lambeth’s important Portuguese community and Latin Americans who hold Spanish passports.

At a recent Lambeth Council meeting, Brixton Hill councillor Martin Tiedemann was one of the Labour councillors proposing a motion to protect EU Nationals. In his speech he spoke of the uncertainty still faced by many residents as Brexit is unveiled, including his own father, a German National who has lived in the UK for almost fifty years yet faces an uncertain and expensive future.

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Martin Tiedemann given award for support to Latin American community

img_7404In the presence of the Deputy Mayor of London, Matthew Ryder QC, and hundreds of community activists, Brixton Hill’s councillor Martin Tiedemann was one of four to be presented with an award to recognise his support for Latin Americans in London.

The event took place at a Colombian restaurant in Elephant & Castle, presented by the organisers of the ‘Mes Amigo‘ or Amigo Month, a month of festivities each autumn celebrating the contribution of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities in the United Kingdom.

Martin, whose mother is from South America, thanked the organisers for the recognition but was able to make clear that organisations like Brixton’s IRMO and the Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK have been the real heroes of the campaign for Latin Americans in London.

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Martin receives his certificate alongside other activists

Martin has also been supporting the #RegisterForRuby campaign, an effort to find a bone marrow donor for Ruby, a Salvadorian mother of two from North London. We are encouraging those of Latin American heritage to urgently register on the bone marrow donors’ register at www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now and help save a life. Read more here

Use our survey to tell us what you think about road safety in Brixton Hill

captureOver recent months many residents have written to us with concerns about road safety. We have written to the Council and brought senior decision makers here on walkabouts. Last week, Martin Tiedemann asked a written question at Council on road safety and followed it up at the meeting with a question about the New Park Road scheme.

We have already been able to get some local changes:

However, we know there is more to be done. We’ve been told about speeding on Lyham Road and dangerous driving on Dumbarton and Kildoran Roads. There have been very serious accidents recently by the Town Hall and on Kingswood Road. We have concerns about many of our road junctions, especially for cyclists. Continue reading

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

Lambert Road leak finally being repaired

img_6731Last Friday, Councillor Martin Tiedemann was one of several local residents to report a major leak on Lambert Road at the corner with Bonham Road. Thames Water responded to say it was aware of the leak and it would be attended shortly.

By Saturday, there appeared to have been no action and large holes had appeared in the road surface. Lambert Road is on the London Cycle Network and heavily used by cyclists, so water-filled potholes are especially dangerous. Water was streaming down both Lambert and Bonham Roads and even down along Brixton Hill. Cllr Tiedemann continued to press Thames Water to take action, to keep residents informed and to screen off the dangerous road surface. He contacted Lambeth Council’s out-of-hours team and the emergency services as well. 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.