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

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Day-long trial of New Park Road scheme

LogoNew proposals to improve safety and facilities for people walking and cycling in and around New Park Road and around Richard Atkins School are to be trialled for a day later this week on 26 February.

Sustrans have been working in the area since summer 2015 when Lambeth Council asked them to help respond to safety concerns. Twelve accidents had happened near the Richard Atkins School because of the amount of traffic cutting through New Park Road and lack of safe crossing points.

After listening to resident and councillor feedback on the initial designs Sustrans did further work with the community in December and January and developed new proposals. The new design aim to improve the local environment, calm traffic along New Park Road and help keep all road users, especially children at the school, safer and healthier.

The team have also been able to secure more funding from Transport for London to create permanent improvements and add more value to local businesses and residents.

Please come along and help to try out the new designs on the 26 February. This one day trial will allow everyone to visualise and test changes which can improve safety and improve the local neighbourhood for all. Several thousand local households have been sent letters as well as promotion via social media, on the Brixton Blog and local noticeboards. Continue reading

New proposals from DIY Schools Richard Atkins for New Park Road

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DIY Schools: Richard Atkins – the Sustrans-led community project aiming to make New Park Road safer for children, parents and other road users – have issued a preview of new proposed designs inspired by sessions with residents and parents in December and January.

Comments will be invited over the next few weeks – the team will publish a link to record comments as well as delivering letters across the whole area to residents to invite feedback.

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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

Indoor craft market raising funds for family learning

1010785_197733163767643_1874911845_nAn indoor craft market takes place this weekend on Sunday 2 February 12-3 to raise funds for a community initiative.

Cara and Nicolette are parents of children at Richard Atkins Primary School and are organising the market to sell art, craft, clothes, preserves, unwanted Christmas presents, second hand/recycled goods etc.

The aim of the market is to raise money for funding Family Learning at the Clapham Park Centre at Richard Atkins School and Community Centre. It takes place at the Centre, which is at the back of the school and accessed from Kingswood Road.

***Free entry for customers***
For more information or to get a stall email candnindoorcraftmarket@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook.

Brixton Hill schools among top performers in league table

In the league tables of primary schools published this week by the Department for Education, the four primary schools in Brixton Hill ward all performed strongly, in the context of excellent results for Lambeth as a whole. While league tables have clear limitations, these results indicate the improvements local schools have shown in recent years and the excellence we have here in Brixton Hill.

Sudbourne and Corpus Christi schools did particularly well according to the league tables, coming second and third respectively in the ranking of Lambeth schools. Richard Atkins and Christ Church schools also out-performed the national average. We congratulate pupils and staff on their achievements.

Lambeth schools were also among the best in the country at closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils.

Rachel Reeves and Tristram Hunt visit Brixton Hill

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We were very pleased that Labour’s new Shadow Education and Work & Pensions Secretaries chose Brixton Hill for their first official engagement.

Tristram Hunt MP, who now leads for Labour on Education, and Rachel Reeves MP, who is the Shadow DWP Secretary following the reshuffle, visited Richard Atkins Primary School on New Park Road last week with Cllr Lib Peck and Cllr Rachel Heywood. They visited the school’s excellent breakfast club and spoke to pupils and teachers.