Urination in the street is a blight on Brixton, and there have been many discussions between ward members, Cabinet members and officers about street urination and toilet provision. I am pressing for commitments in the Brixton Central regeneration plans for continued public toilet provision. In the mean time, the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, has agreed other actions to reduce the impact of urination on residents, so I thought I would share these with you. Please let me have any comments or questions.
New Daily Jet Washing Regime - Currently known urination hotspots are either jet washed fortnightly (by Lambeth) or not at all. From Monday 23rd these hotspot area will be jet washed DAILY. Monday to Friday Lambeth will be responsible for jet washing these hotspots, the Business Improvement District (BID) will undertake jet washing on Saturday and Sunday. The BID currently operates a jet washing service during the weekend and we will be asking them to coordinate this arrangement with our new jet washing regime.
Urination is an issue for residents as whilst they may not witness a person urinating on the street they can smell the remnants of that actively hours after it has happened. Daily jet washing should get rid of the problem.
Please note that cleaning crew cannot jet wash if the weather is below a certain temperature as the water will turn to ice.
Pissoir - The pissoir in Electric Ave should be repaired and working this Wednesday
Signage - Last week I agreed a plethora of signs directing the locations of toilets in the Brixton area
Brixton Tube - TfL have confirmed they will put a Map on the station property (exterior wall to front of station) detailing the locations of toilets. I have been pressing TfL to open public toilets which we know are in the arcade to the left of the tube ticket hall, but this could be a difficult campaign.
Community Toilet Schemes - We are in talks with the BIDs on this. It is hoped they will take over the operation of the scheme as they are best placed to identify where the demand for toilet facilities are during the NTE.
Pop Brixton - Remember, there are 12 unisex toilets in Pop Brixton which will be included in the TFL map.
A new world of opportunity for Loughborough Junction
Lambeth Council, with the help of funding from the Mayor of London's London Regeneration Fund, are constructing a new enterprise hub, LJ Works.
The site will offer a variety affordable workspace, including a food business incubator & shared commercial kitchen, studios, places to make things, co-working offices and individual and shared workshops, as well as a programme of on-site business support and training activities, facilitated by local organisations, Green Man Skills Zone and Tree Shepherd.
LJ Works will offer a range of opportunities for local people to get involved, from those seeking to start up or expand a business, opportunities for local builders and craftspeople to be involved in the construction of LJ Works and plenty of training opportunities for people of all ages.
How can I get involved?
The project is intended to directly benefit the immediate community of Loughborough Junction, to achieve this, we need to hear from you to help shape and inform the design of the site and the activities that will take place when it opens.
Lambeth Council along with the design team, Architecture 00 and Public Works, will be consulting on the design and uses of the site with the public, as well as providing more information on the opportunities to get involved in this exciting scheme.
Come along and meet us at:
Saturday 29 October from 1pm to 6pm at Loughborough Plaza (the square in front of the Hero of Switzerland pub on Loughborough Road).
Disclaimers apply for full details see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/EmailDisclaimer.htm
Proposed Controlled Parking
Zone Vassall / Coldharbour
Deadline for responses
ONThursday 20 October 2016 AT11pm
Informal Consultation (22 Sep 2016 - 20 Oct 2016)
We'd like to hear your thoughts on the proposal to
put in a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in the "Vassall" area, which includes part of Coldharbour.
What is the problem?
We've recently received many letters, e-mails and
enquiries from local residents and businesses in your neighbourhood raising
concerns about parking problems. The main issues mentioned are based on:
who commute into the area to continue their journey to work using the good
transport links in Lambeth.
and staff from local businesses in nearby streets where there are parking
controls are parking here instead to avoid paying for parking.
What can be done?
Having listened to the concerns raised, we'd like
to propose making some roads a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). We've prepared a survey that you can
complete if you're a resident or business in the area to give us feedback on
what kind of parking controls you would like to see implemented, if any at all.
How can I contribute to the discussion?
You'll be able to have a look at details of the
proposal via the links on this page, as well as access the survey so that you
can have your say on these proposals. Please be advised, you'll need to provide
the unique reference number that will be on the address label of the envelope
we sent out (it's the code which looks like 'URN-BH123456') when you're
answering the survey.
What will happen next?
We'll need your answers by the 20th October, and
we'll use your feedback to decide what the next steps will be for your
Please note that we will be hosting a drop in
session on Saturday 8 October from 10am to 4pm at Minet
Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, London, SE5 9QY to discuss people's
views, any issues raised, suggested solutions and what people want for their
road. Details of this event are shown in the attachments below, along with
other key information about CPZs that you might find useful.
Were parking surveys conducted?
Parking surveys were undertaken on Thursday 9th
June and Saturday 11th June 2016. These provide a representation of a typical
weekday and a Saturday. The results of the surveys are discussed in this comprehensive report
Since before the doors of Pop Brixton were opened, the people who run it have met up regularly with a steering group made up of local representatives to talk about the project and hear their thoughts on what is happening. We're now asking for new people to join this group, so we can get fresh ideas and advice from a wider network of local people.
If you want to share your opinion on Pop Brixton, if you have ideas about how we could improve the project, and if you would like the chance to help shape its future, please apply.
People who join the steering group will attend regular meetings, where they will hear detailed updates on the project, and be able to give their input into our plans. The steering group is there to help us make sure that Pop Brixton achieves its social objectives, and connect the project with the right people and organisations in the community.
One of the main responsibilities will be deciding who gets the subsidised spaces available. 20% of our units are offered at heavily discounted rates to social enterprises and new start-ups from the local area, and the steering group will help decide which applicants get to move in.
Who will be in the steering group?
We want to make sure the steering group represents the interests of as many people in the local community as possible, so as well as the Pop Brixton management team and Lambeth Councillors and officers, we are looking for the following members to join the group:
1 Brixton resident
1 Local business owner
1 Pop Brixton tenant member
1 Local arts organisation
1 Local social enterprise or charity
1 Local youth representative (Lambeth resident aged 16-24)
1 Local community organisation
The people who join the group will attend regular meetings, with a two hour session hosted every other month. There will also be other tasks including reading and reviewing key documents, and spending time speaking with other people in the community about the project.
How to Apply
If you are interested in joining the steering group, you can put yourself forward by completing an online application. You'll also have to provide two references who can support your application. Once you've made the online application, you'll be invited to meet with our team and Lambeth Council to discuss the role and responsibilities.
We'll be deciding who joins the steering group based on the following factors:
Locality: How close do they live or work in relation to the site
Ethos: Do they understand the Pop Brixton ethos and are they committed to helping the project have a positive impact in the community?
Commitment: Are they able to commit the time required to join the group?
Experience: Do they have relevant experience of participating in similar groups?
The deadline for application will be Sunday 25th September. After this deadline, we will be arranging meetings with those who applied and the new steering group's first meeting will be in early October.
Councillor Matt Parr
Labour member for Coldharbour ward
Chair of Pop Brixton Steering Group