Brixton Hill off licence Kwik Stop forced to end 24-7 alcohol sales

kwik stopFollowing a review instigated by Lambeth Council Trading Standards, the Licensing Sub-Committee has agreed to put new conditions on the Kwik-Stop Food & Wine at 72 Brixton Hill that mean it will no longer be able to sell alcohol overnight.

The latest review was instigated following the discovery of an alleged illegal worker in the shop. The apparent employment of the same man at nearby Costcutters (which has the same owners) led to that shop having its hours reduced earlier this year. A previous review of Kwik Stop in 2015 imposed new conditions that did not appear to have been stuck to since then. Both the Police and the Council in their submissions linked the low sales associated with opening overnight with the move to employ illegal workers. Local residents also made submissions, some in support of the shop but more stating that the off licence contributed to nuisance, noise and street drinking.

After hearing the submissions and making its deliberations, the Licensing Sub-Committe decided:

  • To remove Zaffar Khan as the Designated Premises Supervisor; and
  • To modify the operating schedule for the premises so as to reduce its opening hours to 08:00 and 23:00.

The premises have until late July to appeal this decision.

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Christmas fetes this weekend

Brixton Hill’s two principal Christmas fairs take place this weekend. On Saturday 3rd December Corpus Christi Primary School will hold its fair 12-4 with Santa’s Grotto plus food and goodies, compered by Miranda Sawyer and Richard Avery.

This is followed by Sudbourne School’s Winter Fair on Sunday 1-4 with the traditional stalls and raffle. Entrance £1.

Corpus Christi schoolchildren are also taking part in the switch-on of Brixton’s Christmas lights tonight (Friday 2nd December) at 6pm.

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TONIGHT: Chuka Umunna debates Europe in Brixton Hill

Chuka Umunna MP is taking part in a public meeting tonight to hear both sides of the European Referendum debate.

Chuka will be speaking on behalf of the Remain campaign with Mustafa Jameel in favour of Leave.

The event takes place at 7.30pm, 15th June 2016, at Corpus Christi Church Hall on Trent Road.

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Councillors call on Mayor to sort dangerous Brixton junction

***UPDATE*** We made the front page of the South London Press Brixton edition!

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IMG_4244Parents of children at Corpus Christi Primary school have joined Brixton Hill’s councillors and Labour’s London Assembly candidate to call on the Mayor of London to make a dangerous Brixton junction after another serious accident this week. Adrian, Florence and Martin met parents this afternoon to see the issue and plan next steps.

The junction of Brixton Hill and Brixton Water Lane was originally named by Transport for London as one of the 100 most dangerous junctions in the whole of London yet the Mayor failed to allocate any funding to make the junction safer and the Better Junctions programme has since been downgraded.

Councillors and the school have been making representations to the Mayor and Transport for London for some time via the local Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross, with the Mayor pledging to take action in a letter to Cllr Tiedemann last year. Ms Shawcross has pledged to write a firm letter to the Mayor demanding an urgent safety review.
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More roadworks coming to Brixton Hill

lightsTransport for London have announced major works from July until September on Brixton Hill as part of its ‘Road Modernisation Plan’. TfL are replacing the traffic lights at the junction of Brixton Hill with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road and with New Park Road. Both will involve works on the footway and some lane closures.

The works at Brixton Water Lane are planned to start on Monday 6 July and continue for approximately seven weeks depending on weather conditions. At New Park Road they are planned to start on Monday 20 July and continue for approximately six weeks depending on the weather conditions. Continue reading

Millionnaire developer prosecuted for illegal conversion of house in Trent Road

lexadonlogoLambeth Council has used the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against a millionaire developer who illegally converted a house in Trent Road into flats without permission.

Jerrard Knight – who is included in the Sunday Times Rich List – and his company Lexadon Ltd, have been ordered to pay more than £175,000 after renting out a property as flats – despite having planning applications to do so repeatedly turned down by the council. Lexadon were previously behind the applications for apartments on Brixton Hill and Blenheim Gardens opposite the Windmill pub.

The case is just one of several planning enforcement cases in which Lambeth is using POCA legislation, which allows for the confiscation or recovery of the proceeds of criminal behaviour. Continue reading

Corpus Christi Primary confirmed as one of the best schools in the country

cclogoCorpus Christi Primary School in Brixton Hill got confirmation of its excellence last week when primary school performance tables were released, showing Corpus Christi as the highest performing school in Lambeth, sixth highest in London and equal fifty third in the whole of England. Other schools in the ward, notably Sudbourne Primary, performed strongly.

Well done to all the children, staff and parents, including Chair of Governors Mr Michael Burke and headteachers Mr Coyle and Ms Connery.

Councillor welcomes positive response from Mayor of London to Brixton Hill request

Brixton Hill roadsignLocal Councillor Martin Tiedemann has welcomed the response from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to his December letter calling for junctions and pedestrian on Brixton Hill to be improved.

As Cllr Tiedemann’s letter set out, the junctions with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road and with Josephine Avenue were listed by the Mayor’s office as among the 100 requiring improvement but the Mayor has only allocated funding to 33 of those junctions. Cllr Tiedemann wrote to Boris Johnson and local Assembly Member Val Shawcross CBE asking for funding to be allocated to Brixton Hill to address road safety issues. Continue reading

Holocaust Memorial Day marked at Corpus Christi School

journeys_hmdt_stack_2The principal event in Lambeth for Holocaust Memorial Day this year will be at Corpus Christi Primary School on Trent Road tomorrow, Tuesday 28 January, at 5.30pm.

Holocaust Memorial Day is dedicated to the remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust and takes place on the 27th of January each year, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Union in 1945.

The Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative event will be addressed by Professor T. Scarlett Epstein OBE. There will be readings by young people and a performance by the Corpus Christi School Choir.

Corpus Christi Christmas Fair this weekend

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Saturday 30th November sees the Corpus Christi Christmas Fair from 12 noon until 4pm.

Head on down to Trent Road for Santa’s Grotto, the toy stall, in the International Food Hall, live festive music, arts and crafts and beautiful Christmas wreaths, mulled wine and Irish Coffee, raffle and tombola, home produce and book stall.

Entry is £1 for adults, free for children.