The blog was asked to advertise for new trustees for the project. Brixton Green/Somerleyton Trust. Housing, along with funding of Adult Social care are key issues in Lambeth for the future.
Some of our local residents have been involved with Brixton Green now a Housing trust for many years as £1 shareholders and some in the neighbourhood have been community trustees.
What is the future for community led schemes or any opposition to Council plans, as Lambeth Council rejects a community led approach and delays Somerleyton scheme yet again.
Join the campaign to get community led housing built NOW.
On 7th March Brixton Green Somerleyton Trust AGM (6.30 pm) and Brixton Community Voices Event (starting 7.30 pm) at The Department Store in Fern
Lambeth want to set up another subsidiary of the Council’s new wholly controlled development vehicle Homes for Lambeth to develop the site. But Somerleyton Road will be at the back of a long queue – its not even mentioned in the business plan. It will be years before they start work. In contrast our plan shows we can be on site in 12 months.
We don’t even know if they are going to be able to stick to providing the same amount of genuinely affordable housing and social rent at Somerleyton Road as we want, or if they intend to sell off some of the flats.
We have now put together a proposal that delivers our vision of community led housing with residents in control, and meets the financial and legal requirements of the Council, as it is ‘for the public benefit’. This is an exciting and innovative proposal that has received support and interest from the GLA and other national players.
Our proposal offers huge benefits for Lambeth:
- Enables the community to lead – ensures that residents are in control and establishes a community-led landlord for the long-term through the Somerleyton Trust.
- Financially and legally viable – backed by strong delivery and financial partners: Places for People, one of the largest housing associations in the country who are willing to work on behalf of the Somerleyton Trust as a Delivery Agent helping us to build it, to support a community-led approach, not as a landlord.
- Delivers homes our residents need – the project is for 234 flats in total, all for rent, with 50% genuinely affordable housing (117 flats) – 65 at real social rents, 36 at rents less than Local Housing Allowance and 16 at intermediate rents (above social rent but below market levels). All of these are defined as ‘Affordable Housing’ but we want them to be genuinely affordable for local people paying no more than 30% of typical local household incomes. These community-led homes will remain for rent in perpetuity, and will not be available for the ‘Right to Buy’.
- Ready to start work now – Places for People have long experience, serious delivery capacity and a team ready to go.
- Reduced risk for the Council – Our proposal does not require Lambeth to borrow any money for construction or long-term operations, but they keep ownership of the freehold.
- Affordable housing increases over time – Because the landlord is the Community Trust it will be required to maximise the proportion of genuinely affordable housing which can increased to 75% by Year 15.
- Long term security and high standards for all residents – All homes are built to the same standard, and tenants paying market and social rents live side-by side. Rents are linked to residents incomes for everyone except those nominated by Lambeth on social rented terms and tenants have security that they can stay in their home when their income changes.
Local artist/poet/performers read at a free Library event: Berlin to Brixton: Journey’s in Poetry Weds 31st January 7-9pm Brixton Library
Friends of Brixton Library continue to be involved with events in Lambeth Libraries, Parks and Open Spaces with Friends of Windrush Square.On WIndrush Square. today, there was a work party. Volunteers cleared up some some litter, ridding the noticeboard of graffiti, and weeded around the bulbs. We talked to A&C memorial PA, Joanne Jarrett about plans for the next Windrush Anniversary event planned for June 2018 A small fence is to be installed by the African and Carribbean Memorial Trust Memorial (A&C) to protect the memorial. They discussed how else the local community could help at a meeting with Lambeth Parks manager Kevin Crook and Bill Linskey Chair of the Brixton Society
You may also have seen some work on Henry Irving stone and Milestone in Windrush Square, these improvements are funded by PIL levy money that Windrush Square receives to Parks departments from events on the square. For more information contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
New cycle hubs are going ahead on Saltoun Road ,via Lambeth Cycling
Other local news Joyoga has events at Yoga Point This month’s Feature Voucher is for the
Yoga for Back Pain Class
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
18.00 – 19.30
Click on the links at the bottom of the page, choose your location for timetables, booking and further details
11-3pm Brockwell Park Hall, run by Friends of Brockwell Park and participating local craft people Brockwell Park Greenhouses and Brockwell Park Community partners Model Railway and including Brixton Windmill, There is something for everyone, xmas wreaths, cards and gifts plus children’s workshop in the lovely Brockwell Park hall
Brixton Windmill Brixton Windmill the following weekend including Reindeers and a Festival of light bike ride. Roots and Shoots , Walnut Tree walk is later on Saturday19 dec
and our own Theatre company 16′ Alladin Panto later in December Pop up December 9th at BCB Talma Road with Santa’s grotto.
I have some good news about future FREE Walking Tours along Somerleyton Road. They are running a series of tours on Friday 1st December and over the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.
Full details are available via the following links to the Eventbrite site as well as details of our FREE Your Views Matter Workshop on Thursday 14th December at Brixton Pound Café with free refreshments.
Walking Tour 1 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somerleyton-road-walking-tour-tickets-40190335375
Walking Tour 2 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somerleyton-road-walking-tours-23-tickets-40191399558
Your Views Matter Workshop – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brixton-green-your-views-matter-workshop-tickets-40183731623
Hope to see you soon!
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Next is Black History month events at Libraries in Lambeth
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Sian was a Brixton resident for many years living in Coldharbour Lane she was involved with the Housing campaigns of the 70’s, Played in bands across the continent. Sian also performed at Artist studios and Cool Tan providing music and culture. Adjoa Andoh will hopefully perform one of her songs with Simon Clark. We would like to thank others e.g. Bruna Fionda who loaned us early tape recordings and video footage , which we may not get round to viewing on Weds,P egasus Opera presenter Alison Buckley is also giving us a preview of their forthcoming event October 7th at Brixton Library 7-9pm lpl-bhm-guide-2017
We know of Olive Morris but what about Teri Bullen,Rotimi Fani Kayode or Alex Hirst or Sian Daniels MUSIC better than David Bowie?sian-daniels2
http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/Brixton Windmill events
A great Harvest event was held thsi week they have an EGM. There is always something to see a talk next week Weds 27th Sept about Ashby Family mill founders
Local Heroes to hidden treasures something for everyone if you can discover it. (Clue: Stairwell of Brixton Library)events on 27th Sept Dora project, 27th Sept. Local Heroes Local Heroes – Poster 2017 6.30-9pm
@BrixtonDT September News Brixton Design Trail 16-24th and Lambeth Heritage Month events
Brixton Pound Cafe crowdfunding
Local initiatives are well encouraged through Brixton Pound Cafe Atlantic Road
Their support of Brixton Design Week and the support local traders through Brixton BID give back to the community they live in is in need of support.
See latest Edition of Brixton Bugle
This edition also shows how local artists, such as Hew Lock and the creative industry of designers who live and work here continue to spread their talents throughout the world. These innovative people can enhance the profile of Brixton showing positive impact culture has on our society.
Olive Morris is still remembered as a Local Brixton Hero at Brixton Library event 27th September 6.30pm 7-9pm talk continues discussion of who are our local Brixton Heroes Lambeth Heritage Festival event
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Teri BullenTeri Bullen recognised as a :Local Hero photographed by Edward Minton in Soweto The Patchwork of our Lives exhibiton1986
For Brixton Design Trail 16-24th September some intrepid locals are hosting a display of local heroes past at Brixton Library, they will also culminate the display with an event at Tate Library Brixton on Wednesday September 27th 6.30-9pm in a Lambeth Local History Heritage Festival
image of previous display at Brixton Library in 2017 relating to Teri Bullen showing works Teri did and portrait of Rita Keegan
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