Brixton Green/Somerleyton Trust Housing is one of key issues in Lambeth for the future.

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

Ferndale Road

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.

Events Brixton Weds 31st and other event dates

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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&Cmemorial b 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 :

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


Winter Fairs Brockwell Park this Sunday Brixton Windmill next weekend plus BCB Panto soon … BCB community event Dec 10th

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.Brockwell_Winter_Fair_DSC03007

Brixton Green are you interested in Somerleyton Road developments?

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 –


Walking Tour 2 –


Your Views Matter Workshop –


Hope to see you soon!


Mark Slowikowski

Transition Director

Somerleyton Trust

Tel: 07498032626


Unit 10

8 Nursery Road

Brixton SW9 8BP

Various funding streams for local groups

Vintage Voices

Brixton Community Base and others are shortlisted for funding on My Aviva community fund

Log in and vote for your preferences. e.g. The Vintage Voices project will develop themes. Vintage Voices Did you see the display at BCB Talma Road for Brixton Design Trail.

Its still available to visit, when Brixton Community Base Talma Road is open. There is a bid for other BCB projects also.

Dexter Road Playground users are waiting, we as a community need to do more than just watch.

Latest developments ‘Heartspace’ is trying to secure funding to develop the Dexter Road playground site, to enable play activities to occur for local families.

The organisation  will have to be able to be self funding in future to develop activities in order to remain open.

There is a lot of community feeling and Local Councillors are  hoping ‘Heartspace’ works. We will meet up with Lucy Cava, at Brixton pound Cafe this Tuesday Oct 5.30pm to explore ways the wider community can make that happen. ps the Railton Road TRA (Tenants Residential Association) are meeting  later that evening.

dexterLocal residents tried last year, attended meetings, selected a provider, but need support from the wider community as both; Grove Playground  and Max Roach playground have managed (with support from YLC.)  Make sure any children  you know are signed up to Young Lambeth Coop as  its AGM is coming up.

Local Heroes 27th Sept 7-9pm and Fun Palaces Saturday 7th October 2-4pm with Friends of Brixton library but all day mayhem and Pegasus Opera for BHM at 7pm

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

Brixton Pound Cafe last chance to add your contribution to crowd funding almost there

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.