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

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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.

Man arrested in connection with sexual assaults in Brixton Hill

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.

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

‘Jumble Trail’ in Brixton Hill on Bank Holiday Monday

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.58.13On Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August, a ‘Jumble Trail’ is coming to Brixton Hill. A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street. Communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever.

Fifteen locations around Brixton Hill are so far participating. Locations include outside Olive Morris House and private homes on Hayter Road, Bonham Road, King’s Avenue, Thornbury Road and Elm Park.

The whole thing is coordinated online at jumbletrail.com/event/SW2AUGUST providing visitors with a map to explore the treasure on sale in the neighbourhood.

Welcome to Rosebery and Thornbury Roads Residents’ Association

rosethornWe are very please to welcome a new residents’ association in the ward, covering Rosebery and Thornbury Roads off Kings Avenue. Residents set up the association earlier this week ‘to provide a central place residents can use to share information, discuss issues and initiatives, get support and make a difference.’

RA members now have a website, a Google Group to store correspondence and a Twitter account at @RoseThornTRA.

An email will shortly go out to local residents to outline who the TRA officers are and provide a timeline and hopefully some more information on when the first meeting is to which all residents will be invited.

We look forward to working with the TRA and attending meetings. Since the resurfacing of the roads, we know that parking is a major local concern and we’ll report back to the TRA on progress.

Resurfacing planned for several local roads

New Park Road AdrianWe are delighted that, after pressure from your local Labour team, Lambeth Council has agreed to resurface several local roads in the next few months.

Doverfield, Bonham, Rosebery and Thornbury Roads will all benefit from new road surfaces in the coming year. Rosebery Road will also have its pavement resurfaced. All four of these roads were nominated by local councillors and assessed using standard criteria against other roads around the borough. Continue reading

Cllr Adrian Garden presents parking petition to Lambeth Council

Adrian head shouldersFollowing a consultation by Brixton Hill’s Labour Action Team, Councillor Adrian Garden has presented a petition on parking to Lambeth Council on behalf of residents of Kingswood, Thorncliffe, Thornbury and Rosebery Roads.

Over 50 residents responded to the councillors’ survey. Over 90% of those responding were in favour of extending parking controls to their area, although there were strong feelings on both sides.

By presenting the petition to Lambeth Council on behalf of residents, councillors are committing the Council to issue a formal response on how they will proceed on the issue. Brixton Hill’s Labour councillors are asking that the Council carry out a study and proceed to a formal consultation of residents.

The questionnaire is still open and councillors are very much interested in hearing from more residents about ways the parking issues in these roads can be addressed. Continue reading

Do you want a Controlled Parking Zone for Kingswood Road?

Kingswood Road signSeveral residents of Kingswood Road have contacted Brixton Hill’s councillors about parking on Kingswood Road. As the Brixton Hill Controlled Parking Zone has moved further up the hill and the Kings Avenue developments have residents-only parking, it means that Kingswood and one or two neighbouring roads have the only all-day free parking in the neighbourhood.

The residents who have written to us favour the extension of Controlled Parking to Kingswood Road. This would mean residents and their visitors would have to pay for permits to park, but it would largely stop parking there by commuters and those from other areas.

We want to know what you think. Would you favour a Controlled Parking Zone here? Let us know using the form below or at s.coop/kingswood.