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:
||Labour & Co-operative
||Labour & Co-operative
||Labour & Co-operative
||Women’s Equality Party
With 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.
- 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.
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.
In 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.
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
Over 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
At 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
Last 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
Councillors 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 email@example.com.
Given 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.
CEF Lyncx (CEFL) is an educational organisation providing learning opportunities to help young people achieve their potential. The project originated on the Blenheim Gardens Estate and is now operating in three other tenant managed estates across Lambeth.
This week Cllr Martin Tiedemann and Cllr Adrian Garden joined CEFL learners and their families and the hardworking team behind the project at the annual awards ceremony and were pleased to award every learner with a certificate of achievement.
Earlier this year, Blenheim Gardens RMO and CEF Lyncx were winners of the Lambeth Community Initiative Award 2014. The project was selected by attendees at the Lambeth Council residents conference on Saturday 25th from a number of other community projects. Continue reading