Discussion in 'Brixton' started by ViolentPanda, Dec 11, 2013.
Where are the rennovated market barrows?
Sorry - it's my poor eyesight at least as regards cgi images.
I think it's 2 bicycles and a planter with members of the community planting - as they do.
Looks like a bland US university campus.
Could they build it out of Lego?
With more than a hint of Oval Quarter.
Yep. One for the smart money fuckers.
Don't forget this is supposed to be a council development with 40% reserved at council rent. Isn't it?
According to BG website
Isn't that an abbreviated version of "Brixton Green" is attempting to set up a Community Land Trust vehicle to collect the freehold rent on the council-built properties to run a community centre once a week in Pop Brixton"?
Who knows what Brixton Green are up to. 'Slippery' is not the word.
This is what they say is the relationship between them and the trust:
I guess anyone genuinely interested in understanding how it all works will go along on Monday and ask them directly.
A report on Lewisham's private rented scheme at Besson St, New Cross - the report is mostly on a community consultation but has stuff on council PRS schemes in general A Better Besson Street - The Proper Consultation
I received this A5 brochure from Brixton Green yesterday. I live off Brixton Hill, near the prison.
From what I’ve read of them I’m dubious of their motives and methods.
Maybe I’m just a bitter old cynic, but to me this sort of publicity campaign reeks of expensive bullshit, with its computer-rendered utopias and irrelevant photos of smiling families.
What’s their game, exactly?
Good luck trying to find that out. I don't trust them one fucking inch. Despite all this 'run by local people' bollocks, their chair has no connection with Brixton whatsoever. And the 'shareholders' stuff is utter bollocks too.
There is a full page advertorial on page 15 of the Brixton Bugle on this topic.
The very last paragraph is an advertisement for a "Transition Director" no salary or job spec though.
The link below may explain what is going on. Rather than any immediate prospect of building work they have apparently been successful in getting a £231,000 grant from "Power to Change" whatever that is. Sounds like a Cameroonian organisation designed to pay consultants to help the poor people to me.
Brixton Green are awarded £231k from Power to Change (funded by the Big Lottery) | Brixton Green
I see the start date is now 2017.
When we were in court the Council was saying it was much earlier than that. It was one of the reasons we lost.They said they needed vacant possession as works would start soon.
We could not prove this was not the case. After all if the Council say something in court in front of a Judge it must be true.
This is a quote from one individual. Maybe they did not quite understand. I thought the BG line was that once the project is built there role would be finished. The quote suggests that this is not the case. That the grant is to facilitate BG onto its next stage.
Secondly this is a Council project not a Brixton Green project. The actual role of BG on the Somerleyton Road project steering group is to represent the community. The other two organisations on the steering group are the Council and Oval House theatre. Both the Council and OHT are taking the financial risk of the project. They are raising the funds.They are paying for the architects and consultants needed to get a large project like this off the ground.
So its not a Brixton Green project as the quote implies.
Sophie Macken seems to have spent more years at Directory of Social Change and Drug Science than anywhere else.
Directory of Social Change is an organisation which helps charities and social firms to apply for grants.
Drug Science is an organisation which gives out information about recreational drugs.
I am a bit surprised that she should be "proud to be funding Brixton Green" - but then this probably means that like LJAG, Brixton Green can put in a mean funding application form - well enough done that the funder is proud to fund them.
Really disappointed to see the Bugle running a full page piece on Brixton Green - that was written by Brixton Green. An advert that looks like an article. Terrible journalism.
I'm not massively surprised at the Bugle pimping PR puffs written by the puffers. It's where their model of journalism was always going to lead - if you take money from the council etc, you pedal hard to avoid offending them, and in some cases will actively go soft on some stories in order to keep them on board.
I can understand this but this is a whole page of uncritical propaganda for Brixton Green. It's quite shameful.
Isn't the current editor of the Bugle a mate of Brad Carroll's?
I've no idea but omitting the word 'Advertorial' from the article leaves the paper with very little credibility as a independent news source.
Brixton Green have just put this invite out:
2017 will be a big year for Brixton Green!
This year construction is due to start & Lambeth Council will make the big decision on whether to lease the 304 homes to the new community trust!
25th January Event: Film, Food & Housing workshop
Venue: Pop Brixton 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton SW9 8PQ
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm Wednesday 25th January
To convince Lambeth to lease the development to the Trust, we must make it the best it can be. This workshop will help shape the details and help make this happen such as: Who will the homes be for? How will it be managed? How will it be run?
6.30pm Welcome and food
7pm Film: "Arc of Justice" The new award winning film of the first community land trust, set up in Georgia USA in 1969 by leaders of the African American Civil Rights Movement.
7.30pm - 9.30pm: Housing workshop
The film might be enlightening or uplifting, but as it concerns a community company setting up some sort of workers co-op in Atlanta for displaced share-croppers in 1969 - against opposition from white capitalists, I wonder how relevant this is to Somerleyton Road?
There is more:
Dates for 2017:
Wednesday 25th January Event (6.30pm to 9.30pm) : Film, food and housing workshop
Thursday 2nd February: Deadline for candidates to stand for election to be a Brixton Green trustee. Contact us for more details.
Monday 6th February (6.30pm to 9.30pm): Open Project Night @ the Impact Hub, Pop Brixton (Brixton Green attends the first Monday of each month to answer any questions on the project)
Thursday 9th February (7pm to 9pm): Follow up workshop for the 25th January event.
Thursday 2nd March (6.30pm): Election 2017, Annual General Meeting & event.
Monday 6th March (6.30pm to 9.30pm): Open Project Night @ the Impact Hub, Pop Brixton
Before someone takes a Pop at me (haha) I am relaying this for information purposes. I guess people who either know little of Brixton Green, or want to influence it could go to the meetings and pipe up.
Yet not a flyer or a poster has been seen in the block adjacent to this development, neither have they added it to the Buzz listings or advertised anywhere else - if you hadn't posted it here, I'd had no idea. I doubt if that many local residents read this forum either.
So much for their community engagement skills.
Not sure many of their nearest residents are regulars at Pop Brixton either and I'm not quite seeing their connection to what happened at Georgia in 1969.
Got a leaflet about this today.
At least they refer to it as the somerleyton road project.
What did surprise me was this.
" The development is being developed in partnership with Lambeth Council. "
No mention of Ovalhouse Theatre. And well the project is being developed by Lambeth Council with a steering group that comprises Lambeth Council, Ovalhouse and BG ,who the Council appointed,to represent the community.
Brixton Green - Job opportunity | Brixton Green
Job title: TRANSITION DIRECTOR
Working For: Brixton Green/ Somerleyton Trust
Salary: £55-60,000 pa, subject to experience.
The Somerleyton Trust is an exciting and pioneering response to London’s housing problems which will provide locally accountable, 100% rented housing in the heart of Brixton. The project will be home to over 1,000 people of mixed incomes, at truly affordable rent levels suited to incomes, as well as providing new space for local businesses to thrive.
We’re looking for a strategic thinker, great manager and passionate candidate to become our Transition Director who will take the lead in shaping the future of the Somerleyton Trust.
The role is to ‘design’ and then implement a viable business plan for the Somerleyton Trust as a new community housing trust. It is expected that this is a 2-year process. The Transition Director will need to have vision, rigour and drive to establish the Trust as a well-governed and locally accountable landlord with responsibilities including:
I feel one should alert Lee Japser to this opportunity to challenge racism, gentrification and rentier capitalism!
Two year process. I do hope this will not delay the scheme. Which is already well behind schedule.
Secondly it's up to the Council what the long term management will be. It's them and Ovalhouse who are doing the funding and building of the project. The job description is wrong to say the "Somerleyton Trust" is doing it. I don't understand that. The Trust does not exist.
What happens if the model that BG come up with is not one the Council wants? From there leaflet BG want a long lease. So it is more than a management model. The Council decided to retain ownership of the site to keep it under local democratic control.
I would rather the Council consulted on long term mge. Putting forward different options. The team they hired are capable of doing this.
There is a LORD AND LADY SOMERLEYTON'S CHARITABLE TRUST but this is in Suffolk.
Could it be that just as Brixton Green is on the Mutuals register apparently where you have to request information at £12 a page, they might have set up a Somerleyton Trust of similarly dubious transparency on the mutuals register?
Separate names with a comma.