Following lobbying by Brixton Hill councillors, a number of new street trees are to be located around the area a part of a Lambeth-wide programme. Whilst contributing to create a more attractive environment for all, the planting will also improve the overall environmental quality, (including air quality and noise reduction), of our neighbourhood.
Subject to final ground scan surveys the locations chosen are:
- Baytree Road (several including Ginkgo and Juneberry trees, sadly no Baytrees)
- Lyham Road (a number of ornamental pear trees)
- Sudbourne Road (nine new trees including oak, Prunus and field maple)
- Trent Road (four to include a crabapple)
Treeplanting is starting this month and will continue through to April. Residents in roads affected are currently being written to to let them know about the project.
The borough-wide planting programme will be funded by the Transport for London LIP and GLA grants.
This Sunday will see the return of the Sudbourne Road street party as part of the national event, The Great Get Together. This invites people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common, inspired by Jo Cox, the MP killed on 16 June last year.
Sudbourne Road’s event takes place from 2pm until the evening on Sunday 18 June and features a shared lunch, kids’ activities, a chill-out tea and cake area, and plenty of music and other activities.
The Street Party is a free get together – it’s not a political event or a fundraiser – but an occasion to bring friends and neighbours together to share food, music and entertainment. Councillors will be there to support the event.
The New Town Hall project was granted planning permission earlier this autumn. It is hoped that construction will commence early next year but, in the meantime, the partners are consulting on a ‘Construction & Environmental Management Plan’ (CEMP). The deadline for feedback on this document is Thursday 3rd December at 12 noon.
The purpose of this Plan is to:
- Describe the nature of the construction activities that will be undertaken
- Summarise the likely environmental issues that may arise during construction such as noise, dust and vibration
- Specify the team’s proposed approach to managing these
- Outline the team’s proposed construction and demolition programme
- Provide useful information such as a point of contact, agreed working hours for noisy works and the team’s Code of Practice
This encompasses the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Ivor House on Acre Lane as well as the new buildings on Brixton Hill next to the Electric Brixton and on the site of Olive Morris House.
Brixton Hill councillors have welcomed the news that an arrest has been made in connection with what is believed to be a linked series of sexual assaults in the Brixton Hill/Clapham area earlier this week.
A video that has been widely shared by the national media showed one of the assaults allegedly taking place and was terrifying to watch. Local residents should be congratulated for their efforts to highlight the video and trace the suspect.
If any residents have further information they believe may be useful to the police, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.
Last week Lambeth Planning Committee voted unanimously to give planning permission to the New Town Hall project, comprising the refurbishment of the Town Hall, a new civic complex on Town Hall Parade, new housing to replace Hambrook House and Olive Morris House further along Brixton Hill, the conversion of Ivor House on Acre Lane and new public space on Buckner Road.
Residents addressed the meeting and were able to give eloquent accounts of their concerns regarding both the construction and the impact of the new developments. The developers, Muse, also addressed the meeting and outlined how the project had already changed to try and reflect residents’ issues after two years of consultation. However, clearly, with a proposal of this scale there would still be considerable impact on residents – for some individual properties we recognise that impact is severe. Continue reading
The plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Olive Morris House, and the new Civic Centre on Brixton Hill will be considered by the Planning Applications Committee on 1 September.
Councillors who are members of the PAC will consider the plans along with submissions from the public, Historic England and other stakeholders.
As well as the new offices for Council staff and facilities for council functions like the registry office, almost 200 new homes are planned for the various sites.
Members of the public may attend the meeting, although only those who have made representations in advance will have the opportunity to address the Committee so that their concerns can be taken into account. The meeting takes place at Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill at 7pm on Tuesday 1st September.
Agenda papers are available online.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council, has written a blogpost outlining the current status of the Your New Town Hall project, explaining how we got here and why it’s important for residents to get involved, with 120 already having attended the latest round of consultation events.
Key issues addressed by Cllr McGlone include how the project will save taxpayers money and what it will cost; the 200 new homes on site, with 40% classed as ‘affordable’; the 45 apprenticeships and over 700 jobs created during construction; the Impact Hub for start-up and small businesses; and landscaping of the site. Continue reading
As plans continue to be developed for the New Town Hall and council office sites along Brixton Hill, local residents are being invited to consultation meetings later this month to further consider ideas for the new buildings.
Reports on local blogs mistakenly suggested that the historic (and iconic) Electric Brixton on Town Hall Parade would now form part of the development. Brixton Blog has now corrected this and the Council has confirmed that there are no plans for the site. The neighbouring building currently housing the Fridge Bar has always been part of the redevelopment proposals alongside Hambrook House, Olive Morris House and council buildings on Buckner Road. Continue reading
This Sunday 8 June Sudbourne Road will be closed by local residents between 2pm and 5pm for a ‘Play Street’ session, when local children can use their own road for fun and supervised play and the community can come together in a safe environment free of cars.
The street will be closed for kids to play:
Bats and balls
Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, Go-carts
Games, toys, bubbles and face-paints
Home baked goodies and treats Continue reading
Following outline planning permission granted earlier this year, the Council are now consulting on the detail of the proposals to expand Sudbourne Primary School using the vacant site on the other side of Sudbourne Road.
The proposed expansion would enable Sudbourne School to expand from the current 1.5 form entry school, to a 3 form entry school. This would mean that from September 2015, the new school would open its doors, and would be able to admit 90 children in each year group, instead of the current 45. Eventually, Sudbourne School would be able to accommodate 630 pupils from Reception up to Year 6; twice the current number.
Brixton Hill’s councillors and Lambeth’s lead on education, Cllr Rachel Heywood, have been working with the school to ensure the expansion maintains the current school’s ethos and way of working.
Now local residents have a chance to have their say on the plans on Tuesday December 17. Proposed designs will be on display at a drop-in session at the school between 2-8pm and people will be able to comment on them and speak with the designers.
Councillor Florence Nosegbe welcomed Sudbourne’s proposed expansion earlier this year: “More and more people are choosing to send their kids to local schools which is good, but bad because there’s not enough space. As one of the only councillors who went to primary and secondary school in Lambeth, I know how important it is for local children to get access to local schools.”