Tuesday, 27 January 2009
First, they wanted to make sure there was delivery on the manifesto promise to keep council tax rises below the level of wage inflation over the full four-year term of this council. That would give the Council scope for a small increase of up to 2% this year and next year if they had wanted to. But times have changed since we were elected in 2006. Back then, there was no recession. Now families are facing higher bills for things like food and fuel, and many people are worried about losing their jobs or having their hours – and their pay – cut back.
It’s worth remembering how the Lib Dems and Tories who ran the council until the elections in 2006 forced council tax up to record-breaking levels. In their first year, they put council tax up 23% in one go. Over their full four years, that increase soared to 40%. Their tax hikes cost the average household an extra £1000 in council tax. I believe those decisions also cost the Lib Dems and Tories the last election. Labour was determined to get back to sensible levels of council tax, and thanks to low rises over our first two years in power Lambeth today has one of the lowest council tax levels in the country.
But with the economic recession starting to bite, Labnour Councillors want to do even more to help people cope. After several hours of debate, there was agreement there should be no increase in council tax this year or next. Labour councillors were also determined to deliver that freeze without cutting the frontline services that people rely on. They’re only in a position to do this because of the steady and responsible way Labour has managed the council’s finances over the past two years and much of the credit for that goes to our finance chief Cllr Jim Dickson.
When the next elections come in May 2010, voters will face a clear choice. The Lib Dems who put council tax up 40% but wasted all the money, or Labour with low increases for two years followed by a two-year freeze to help people through the recession. That’s the difference between a Lib Dem council that’s not on your side or a Labour council that is.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Local people have already been asked to comment on the proposals by the Brixton Hill councillors - Steve Reed, Florence Nosegbe and Betty Evans-Jacas - and received nearly everyone's support. This is one of the many ways that our Labour Council is trying to make life better for local people.
In a letter to local residents, Councillor Steve Reed said, "All the Labour Councillors really hope the new trees will transform the way your road looks."
Get in touch with any of your local Labour councillors if you want to raise any issues about the council or if you need help with local services.
The Telegraph is a pub at the top end of Brixton Hill. It’s situated right next to a block of flats and opposite a large housing estate. The new owners have been using the venue to host all-night rave parties. The list of problems the neighbours report is horrific. Loud noise all night long so they can’t sleep. Fighting, drug taking, vomiting and urinating outside the pub and outside their windows. With this going on until 6am on a regular basis at weekends, the residents were at their wits end. They wanted the pub to moderate its behaviour. But when they tried to speak to the managers, they got no response. Just days before the Licensing Committee meeting, the Telegraph even sent round a letter to people living in the block telling them they had made up the nuisance they were reporting. Everyone was speechless.
When the hearing started, the applicants put in their request for a licence to open until 4am on week nights and 6am at weekends. Afterwards, local councillors Steve Reed and Florence Nosegbe joined a group of residents to make the case that this was entirely inappropriate in a residential area. They also pointed out that people who had shown such contemptuous disregard for their neighbours were hardly the right people to run a club in the area. The Committee agreed and slapped restrictions on the pub that means they have to close at 11pm on weeknights and 12 midnight at weekends. The residents were delighted at this real example of local democracy in action as the council put the needs of residents above the money-making plans of a group of club promoters who didn’t seem to care what trouble they cause ordinary people living alongside them.
Near neighbours are hoping to get some sleep now the Telegraph's been told to close its doors by midnight.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
In Lambeth, we can all choose to Stand Up To Hatred and:
- Refuse to stand by and allow others to commit acts of hatred
- Recognise the language of hatred.
- Challenge newspapers and public figures when they are using the language of hatred.
- Stop using language which is discriminatory and stop others when we hear them doing the same.
- Recognise when hate crime is taking place and report it
- Recognise that a crime does not have to be committed for hatred to be expressed
- Learn from history that the ultimate result of unchecked and unchallenged hatred, prejudice, discrimination and racism is genocide.
For more information see: http://www.hmd.org.uk/.
The Brixton Centre is about to undergo a £50 million government funded investment programme to make it a state-of-the-art technology centre for construction, engineering and media skills training. To find out more about the Brixton Centre, visit the website: Lambeth College – Brixton Centre.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
If you are interested in the life of Brixton Hill's Windmill I am sure you can turn up. To become a friend, see here: http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/friends.htm.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
The meeting will be held on Monday 12 January 2009 from 19.00 at the Clapham Park Project Office, 1-4 Brixton Hill Place (Off Brixton Hill) SW2 1HJ.
A copy of the agenda can be found here : Brixton Hill SNT Meeting agenda 12 Jan 2009
This meeting is open to residents living or working in the Brixton Hill ward.
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
The agenda papers will be available from http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=116&MId=6247&Ver=4 in the next few days.
For more information about the The Telegraph and Iroko Bar applications see: Cllr Steve Reed's website.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
The local ones include:
SW2 Brixton Hill Group Practice 020 8674 6376
SW2 Palace Road Surgery 020 8674 2083
SW2 Edith Cavell Practice 020 8243 2224
SW2 Streatham Place Surgery 020 8671 6191
Find out more - download the leaflet.
For more information about your local health services, including GP services in your area and their opening times, please go to the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk or call 0800 587 8078.
2. Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 8th January 2008
3. Outgoing Officers’ reports
4. Election of Officers for 2009
7. Adjournment to Crown & Sceptre.
If non members would like to come along, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
- Single bus fare was: 90p
- From January: £1
This 10% rise will affect around 1.3 million Londoners
- Single Tube journey was: £2
- From January: £2.20
A 10% rise
Under the scheme businesses such as restaurants, bars and shops work together with the council to provide more clean, safe and accessible toilets for members of the public. Several of the premises offer wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.
Those in and around Brixton Hill are:
- Honest Foods, 424 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF
- McDonalds, 518 – 522 Brixton Road, SW9 8EN
- Southside Bar, 144 Brixton Hill, SW2 1SD
- The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ
- McDonalds, 2-22 Streatham Place, SW2 4PZ
For more information see Lambeth's Website.
The service has been set up as part of the council’s to make recycling easier than ever.Residents who have a real Christmas tree and live in a kerbside property can leave it next to their refuse bin in the week beginning 5th January, and the council will take it away and recycle it for free. The tree should be left at the front of the property before 6.00am on the day of collection, and all decorations should be removed.
- Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4
- Streatham Common, Streatham High Road, SW16
- Kennington Park, Kennington Park Road, SE11
- Lambeth Household Recycling Centre, Vale Street, SE27
"We all create a lot more waste during the Christmas period and Lambeth Council is making it easier than ever for people to recycle; our door-to-door Christmas tree recycling service is part of this drive. It’s also worth remembering that people can recycle clothes, toys, books and unwanted Christmas presents at local charity and second hand shops which are always looking for good quality items."
Thursday, 1 January 2009
See a map of Brixton Hill ward
The ward includes:
- Lambeth College.
- Primary schools include Christ Church Brixton, Christ Church Streatham, Corpus Christi, Livity, Orchard, Richard Atkins and Sudbourne.
- Nurseries include Holmewood.
- Central to the ward is Brixton Prison.
- The larger housing estates are Saxby Road, Blenheim Gardens, Dumbarton Court and Roupell Park.
- Parks and green spaces include Rush Common.
The population of Brixton Hill ward rose from 12,135 in 1991 to 12,458 in 2001, an increase of 2.7%. This is 4.7% of the borough population. Brixton hill has an area of 112.9 hectares (4.1% of the borough). For the local elections in May 2002, there were 9,624 electors.
Councillor Steve Reed
Every Saturday, 10-11am in the Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW
PLEASE NOTE: This advice surgery takes place on a rota basis, shared among all Brixton councillors.
Our phone and email contact details are below, or you can write to us at:
Name of the councillor
Lambeth Town HallBrixton Hill
You can also visit us in person at one of our weekly advice surgeries every Saturday, 10-11am in the Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW.
Councillor Steve Reed
Bus. Phone: 020 7926 1167
Website: Councillor Steve Reed' s Website
Contact Card - Download here
Main Switchboard - 020 7926 1000
Brixton Hill Customer Centre - Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill, SW2 1RL / email@example.com / 020 7926 1000
Children, Schools and Families:
Lambeth Children and Young People's Services - 020 7926 9896
Admissions - 020 7926 9503
Lambeth College - 020 7501 5000/5600
Career development and student loans - 020 7926 9474
Christ Church Brixton Church of England Primary School
Cancell Road, North Brixton, SW9 6HN / 020 7735 1343
Christ Church Streatham Church of England Primary School
Cotherstone Road Streatham Hill SW2 3NF / 020 8674 4308
Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Primary School
Trent Road, SW2 5BL / 020 7274 4722
Mandrell Road, SW2 5DW / 020 7733 0681
Orchard Primary School
Christchurch Road (entrance from Cotherstone Road), SW2 3DH / 020 8671 4400
Richard Atkins Primary School
New Park Road, SW2 4JP / 020 8674 5601
Sudbourne Primary School
Hayter Road,Brixton, SW2 5AP / 020 7274 7631
Holmewood Nursery School and Tree House Children's Centre
66 Upper Tulse Hill, SW2 2RW / 020 8674 2186
Childcare providers - 0845 601 5317
Lambeth Housing - 020 7926 6000 (all calls for local housing offices go through the Lambeth Service Centre)
Housing repairs - 020 7926 6666Leaseholders - 020 7926 6700
Vulnerable tenants - 020 7926 6270
Roupell Park: Community Office, Brockham Drive, Roupell Park Estate SW2 4PN / 020 7926 0219 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Blenheim Gardens: 24 Prague Place, Blenheim Gardens Estate, Brixton, SW2 5ED / 020 7926 0158 / email@example.com
Lambeth Streetcare - 020 7926 9000
Lambeth Streetcare call centre deal with a large number of issues including: abandoned vehicles: graffiti removal; litter and dumped rubbish; bulky refuse collections; recycling; road and pavement repairs; street lighting; parking enquiries, parks.
9am – 5pm (Monday to Friday) - 020 7926 6111
10pm – 3am (Every day) - 020 7926 5999
Lambeth Automatic PCN payment line - 0870 241 3262 / 0845 331 3310
Emergencies - 999
Police non-emergencies - 020 7326 1212
Crimestoppers - 0800 555111
Brixton Hill's Safer Neighbourhoods Team - 020 8721 2892 / BrixtonHill.SNT@met.police.uk /Newsletter
Lambeth NHS (Primary Care Trust)
Find a local GP - 0800 587 8078
Out of Hours GP - 020 8693 9066
Find a local Dentist - 0800 587 0878/020 7716 7085
Out of Hours Dental - 020 8299 5509
NHS Direct (non-emergencies) - 08 45 46 47
Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals - 020 7188 7188
Gracefield Gardens Health & Social Care Centre (Drop In) - 2-8 Gracefield Gardens, Streatham, SW16 2ST / 020 3049 4888
Pulross Intermediate Care Centre (Drop In) - 47a Pulross Road, SW9 8AE / 020 3049 4004
Clapham Park Group Practice (Drop In) - 72 Clarence Avenue, SW4 8JP / 0844 477 8685
Streatham Place Surgery (GP) - 28 Streatham Place, SW2 4QY / 020 8674 8500
Brixton Hill Group Practice (GP) - 22 Raleigh Gardens, SW2 1AE / 020 8674 6376
Hetherington Group Practice (GP) - 18 Hetherington Road, SW4 7NU / 020 7274 4220
Day Lewis Mokwell Pharmacy - 110 Brixton Hill, SW2 1AH / 020 8674 3575
Hillrise Pharmacy - Alexander Dumas House, 230 Brixton Hill, SW2 1HG / 020 8674 1896
S. G. Manning Pharmacy - 294 Brixton Hill, SW2 1HT / 020 8674 4391
Streatham Hill community sexual health centre - 41a-c Streatham Hill, SW2 4TP / 020 3049 4006
Lambeth LGBT Forum - 0207 926 2796 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambulance non-emergencies - 020 7887 6678
Fire non-emergencies - 020 8555 1200 ext 57973Gas emergencies - 0800 111 9999
Thames Water - 0800 032 5202
Reporting a leak - 0845 9200 800AdviceBenefits (including Housing and Council Tax) - 020 7649 9311
Citizens Advice Bureau - 020 8715 0707
Lambeth Law Centre - 020 7737 9781
Transport for London - 020 7222 1234
Train information - 08457 484950 / http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
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