Today sees a Swap sale at Brixton Pound Cafe, you may have seen their makeover. Local people have volunteered to make the cafe even more welcoming.
A recent Age UK funded event allowed us to drink herbal teas sew, darn, customise and decorate.
Also there was, recently a showing of ‘Demain’ about climate change. Something for everyone.
Local people are standing as Trustees for Brixton Green Somerleyton Trust. Despite what you and some Lambeth Councillors may think. Cooperative Housing scheme work. See 40 years of Brixton Housing Coop. At a recent community involvement meeting Brixton Green members explained the trust policy and principles.
Job and training coming up see attached links Brixton Neighbourhood Forum next AGM at The Dept. Store Ferndale Road Feb. 27th.
Training for for unemployed 18-25 year-olds. There is an initial 6-week programme to develop team-working and personal skills, while gaining practical experience. This is followed up by 1:1 mentoring to help participants achieve their goals. If you know a young person who could benefit from New Shoots, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and Sleepless in Brixton is pursuing how to get London Mayoral involvement in Night time economy plans which are detrimental to local residents. The GLA currently has a Night Time Commission which is consulting until 20 February. This is not consultation which is open to individual residents, but a residents’ organisation such as Sleepless Brixton can make submissions, and Amy indicated that it would be very helpful for you to do so. The consultation can be found here and responses sent to email@example.com : https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/mayors-cultural-vision/london-night-time-commission/night-time-commission-consultation
Individual residents can comment here: https://www.london.gov.uk/talk-london/arts-culture/londons-night-time-economy
3. The London Plan consultation is also currently open, and Amy again indicated that it would be very helpful to have representations from residents on aspects of the London Plan that relate to the night time economy. The details are here https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan/how-comment-draft-london-plan
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!
8 Nursery Road
Brixton SW9 8BP
Brixton Community Base and others are shortlisted for funding on My Aviva community fund https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-6229
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.
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.
Local 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.