This Sunday: ‘Disco Fever Street Party’ in Sulina Road

This Sunday 3rd September sees the annual street party in Sulina Road, organised by the Sulina, Morrish & Wallis Cottages RTA. This year’s theme is Disco Fever – great music, lots of dancing and plenty of GLITTER! The organisers ask you to dress colourfully, 70s style, anything with glitter… with a prize for the best outfit (human and pets).

The Street Party Band will be performing Disco-themed songs plus DJ Don, DavidJ’s Funk Band and Balham Ukelele Society. Events will include the Spoon and Glitterball Race and Roll the Record, plus the Pina Colada competition – bring a jug of yours! There will be street yoga and stalls, and activities for kids including face painting and an under-5s disco.

Apart from dressing up, the organisers also invite you to bring food and drink to share – for the BBQ (meat/vegetarian), a salad, a pudding or favourite dishes from different countries; charcoal for the BBQ; or contribute 70s food – anyone for cheese and pineapple, vol au vents or Angel Delight?!

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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

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.

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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Council announces new details of parking stress review in Lambeth

ParkingLambeth council have announced further details of the parking stress review taking place in the borough, confirming that Brixton Hill remains a priority for the project.

The review was unveiled earlier in the year after sustained lobbying from residents and local councillors – Florence Eshalomi, Adrian Garden and Martin Tiedemann – around the New Park Road/Kingswood Road area. Although ballots on controlled parking zones (CPZs) for this part of Brixton were mostly rejected in 2009, councillors have been calling for the area’s parking issues to be re-examined as the population rises in the area and more cars have been parking on this patch as streets further down Brixton Hill have adopted CPZs.

Lambeth have announced changes to the timescale of the project, which began in April, after it was found more work needed to be done to examine the impact of any potential changes in specific areas on traffic in the whole of the borough. The formal work examining issues in Brixton Hill will now begin in October as part of the first six month phase. Continue reading

Lambeth’s enforcement team seek to review licence of Serenity Wine Bar

Lambeth Council team dealing with noise and enforcement has made an application to review the licence of Serenity Wine Bar & Restaurant, where there have been several complaints regarding loud music and gathering of patrons outside late at night. Despite meetings organised and warning letters sent, the managers have failed to engage in any way with the Council and residents have continued to complain.

The enforcement team has therefore made an application to amend the licence of the bar to mean that only background music may be played; the hours will be restricted to 11pm every night; late night refreshment will not be allowed; and should any event licences be granted it will be with strict safeguards.

The review will go to Licensing Sub-Committee in the new year. Residents have until 12 January to make their views known. Comments can be emailed to licensing@lambeth.gov.uk and should address the ‘licensing objectives’ – preventing crime & disorder; public safety; prevention of public nuisance; and protecting children from harm. Full details of the review will appear here soon.

Hard work by local residents features on CNBC!

the happy gardenersAmerican 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.