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shakespearegirl

just worked out taglines
Soho House opening in Brixton this year? Anyone know anything about this?
Nooooooooooo! Soho house is the absolute bastion of media twattery.

I was talking to someone who works in the Amsterdam one earlier this week who said the management company isn’t doing well and this is trickling down into the individual houses and staff morale is very low.
 

editor

hiraethified
Nooooooooooo! Soho house is the absolute bastion of media twattery.

I was talking to someone who works in the Amsterdam one earlier this week who said the management company isn’t doing well and this is trickling down into the individual houses and staff morale is very low.
Does Brixton need another divisive, private members, poor-people repelling exclusive members' club? In fact, I'd argue it doesn't need any.
 

MissL

Well-Known Member
i was speaking to someone the other day who reckons their friend is working on the architectural design for it. let me see if i can find out more... the only thing i've been able to find online is this:
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
Was just watching Mary Beard's programme Front Row Late on BBC2.
As an interlude she popped down to Nitin Sawhney's studio in Brixton for a discussion on death - and how he produced an album in response to the death of his father.
I didn't know there was a studio at 43-45 Tunstall Road that he uses - the Dairy Studios.
But it does rather explain how the David Bowie mural in Tunstall Road became a shrine.
 

xoxojelena

New Member
Major police happenings tonight around midnight on Brixton road after a short brawl and suspect running away. Area is closed off, ambulance and several police cars & vans were at the scene. Not sure what happened fully, but seems to also be connected to the off licence on the corner across from natwest, as it seems people were going in and out from there. Anyone knows what happened?407463FF-6BD6-48DC-9B57-7EA9E332E310.jpeg
 

BakeRecords

New Member
The new extension by the architecture firm would seem obvious place. Let's hope it's just some daft rumours
Christ, I hope not. If I'm going to have a swank bar dumped on my doorstep, I'd at least like to have the option of going in. Planning for the extension states:

26 Customers are not permitted on the "flexible" restaurant or bar unit (use class A3/A4) other than within the following times:

08:00 Hours to 23:00 Hours - Monday through to Thursday.
08:00 Hours to 23:00 Hours - Fridays and Saturdays.
10:00 Hours to 21:00 Hours - Sundays, Bank Holidays or Public Holidays.

I'm not sure whether their members would fancy being kicked out at 11pm, but no doubt Lambeth would give them permission to extend the hours.
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Was just watching Mary Beard's programme Front Row Late on BBC2.
As an interlude she popped down to Nitin Sawhney's studio in Brixton for a discussion on death - and how he produced an album in response to the death of his father.
I didn't know there was a studio at 43-45 Tunstall Road that he uses - the Dairy Studios.
But it does rather explain how the David Bowie mural in Tunstall Road became a shrine.
I used to get my hair cut in there
 
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editor

hiraethified
I'm not sure whether their members would fancy being kicked out at 11pm, but no doubt Lambeth would give them permission to extend the hours.
Extended license for nu-Brixton business, you say? Consider it done!

*sound of rubber stamp on paper
 
On a totally different tack from normal, I was shocked and taken aback this afternoon en route to Lidl to see this amazing piece on offer at the British Heart Foundation shop in Acre Lane.
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I do actually have a harmonium at home - a smaller device which I inherited from my maternal grandparents. But it doesn't work very well as the bellows are perished.
This Canadian harmonium, which BHF have on Ebay really gives me a buzz. Is there a higher order of trainspotters who feel attracted to harmoniums?
could we buy it for a certain urbanite?

or would that be pandamonium?

:p
 

editor

hiraethified
I’m not sure the centre of Brixton can handle another “significantly larger scheme”, although it’s not the most beautiful building...

"With its excellent connectivity to the West End, we see this as an exciting addition to our substantial development pipeline....”

Say, what?
 

friendofdorothy

Solidarity against neoliberalism!
I need recommendations for a stylish haircut in Brixton/Hernehill ish areas. (Would only consider elsewhere if they specialise in dykey looks)

My lovely camp spanish hairdresser has packed his bags and left! Fucking Brexit, I am bereft! He has been doing various stylish combinations of 'femme at the front / butch at the back' the last 17years or more. Currently have a mohi sort of thing he was not keen on doing 'no you will look like Leah DeLaria'. I've been very faithful to him, following him through 3 Soho salons, so this is worse than starting dating again. How do I find someone I like and who I can trust not to make me look like a frump? and not cost a fortune... help.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Some notes from last Brixton Neighborhood Forum end of January
A lot of consultation is coming up:

Three main topics.

Brixton Central SPD ( Supplementary Planning Document)

Brixton Liveable Neighborhood update.

Good Growth Fund: project outline

Brixton Central SPD

Several Regeneration officers attended.

imo the Good Growth Fund project and Brixton Central SPD overlap.

Background: Some years ago a Brixton Masterplan was consulted on and finished. This was look at Brixton as a whole and guide future development.

Out of this came later the Brixton SPD which carries a lot of weight in planning terms.

( There was controversy over the consultation on this as officers wanted to demolish the Rec. After public outcry they failed and the Rec is protected in the Brixton SPD)

This new SPD for the Brixton Central site covers four sites:

  • International House
  • Pop site
  • The Hondo owned site between arches
  • Popes road and station area

International House and Pop site are owned by Council.

Officers say they will start consulting on this soon.

Why there needs to be another SPD is not clear to me.



Good Growth Fund: Project outline

This project covers Brixton Station Road, The Rec, International House, Beehive Place.

Outcomes are:

  • Public Realm and Market Improvement on Brixton Station road
  • New shop fronts for Council owned shops under the Rec
  • Rec conourse integration and activation
  • Using unused space in Rec by Beehive Space for workspace
  • International House

Design work will take place this year on these five projects.

This will be funded by £4 million from Mayor of London ( Good Growth fund), the Council and private sector.

International House has already been converted into an affordable workspace.

A design team is being put together for these projects. To be finished by the end of the year.

Brixton Liveable Neighborhood

This is ongoing project. ( Ive posted this section on the Brixton Liveable Neighborhood thread.

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Next stage of consultation begins soon.

The project is going to recruit five local people to help.

There is going to be a lot more face to face consultation. Visits to business etc. *Going to people on their terms/ catch people where they already are"

The Brixton Liveable Neighborhood has been divided into different areas. Consultation will be done in these areas. Loughborough Junction will have consultation specific to it for example.

A new Commonplace website will come out soon. I think this is it:


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Comments from me.

Im wary of this new Brixton Central SPD for the following reasone:

Council I think want to start working up plans for the International House / Pop site. I did say I as the Council is getting all this money from the Mayor ( Good Growth Fund , Creative Enterprise Zone) to imporve Brixton for ordinary people it should not five years hence doa deal with a developer to sell off International house and the Pop site. Given that gentrification / people being priced out is a big issue Council should retainn ownership of sites and buildings it owns.

I rather conerned "consultation" will be Regeneration officers pushing the deal they want. Which they wont be upfront about.

The workshop space in the Rec. Ive seen the space. Its on the Beehive place end of the Rec. It is an empty concrete shell. Probably designed for a retail unit for the now abandoned Hollamby plan to demolish and rebuild Brixton. Council are exploring idea of a technology / science workspace that will also encourage local young people to take an interest in this area. So education is supposed to be big part of it. They were going to get Makerversity ( Makerversity - the home for startup maker businesses ) to do it. But they for unexplained reasons pulled out. Council are looking for a new provider to run it. Say that a few people from Makerversity are still interested.

Ive also visited Makerversity. An interesting project.

My concerns are by the time its finished original aspirations will get watered down. Officers say any organisation that manages space will Service Level Agreement.

What happened to Pop site makes me concerned that Council haven't learnt any lessons from how that ended up.

Brixton Liveable Neighborhood. Looks like Council is going to try to make sure consultation is not jsut about central Brixton. Concerns were still raised what its really about ( road closures/ stopping car use or making area "liveable" in general sense) and raising people's expectation and then not following them up.
 
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Gramsci

Well-Known Member
I'd not seen the proposed Cherry Groce memorial before. This photomontage shows it with the recent memorial for African and Caribbean service men and women in the background.
Rush Common consent was granted today. Main planning application decision is due in March. More photos in the application documents here.

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I do find it odd that the main report on the planning link is by an officer.

Normally with planning issues the person/ business/group puts in a document about the proposal and the reasoning behined it.

Im still not clear who is behind this application or why they think this memorial is needed. What it is supposed to signify.

What is it about? Police violence? A riot in response to it? Valid issues but I would like to know what it is supposed to represent. The riot after the shooting was a big riot.

See Brixton Society say there should be more on the memorial about what its for.
 

Rushy

AKA some / certain posters
I do find it odd that the main report on the planning link is by an officer.

Normally with planning issues the person/ business/group puts in a document about the proposal and the reasoning behined it.

Im still not clear who is behind this application or why they think this memorial is needed. What it is supposed to signify.

What is it about? Police violence? A riot in response to it? Valid issues but I would like to know what it is supposed to represent. The riot after the shooting was a big riot.

See Brixton Society say there should be more on the memorial about what its for.
Are you possibly confusing the Rush Common Application (which has been decided and includes the usual officer's delegated report detailing how the decision was arrived at) with the Full Planning Approval (yet to be approved)? I linked to both applications - that's possibly not very clear. That said, neither appears to have any supporting documents such as a design and access statement which would normally provide the answers to the questions you are asking.
 
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