Reopening Brixton means reimagining the public realm for businesses, residences, customers and visitors alike.
Brixton Playground would see the pedestrianisation of Brixton Town Centre, including Atlantic Road, Coldharbour Lane, Beehive Place, Brixton Station Road, Pope’s Road and Ferndale Road.
The Brixton business community believe this will allow for the safe reopening of the neighbourhood following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and retailers would be able to trade along the streets and social distancing would be possible with the closure of a few street, creating a spacious, safe and sustainable Brixton for all.
With the new Business and Planning Bill 2020 which has been published 25/06/20 and likely to be passed through Parliament very quickly, businesses will be able to apply under a new regime “Pavement License” which shall last until the end of September 2021. Fees will not accede £100 and following a 7 day consultation period local authorities can decide to grant the pavement license.
Current guidelines and legislation are evolving quickly – Brixton and Lambeth have an opportunity to be at the forefront of the new normal. This is what our vision would look like:
- Permanent pedestrianisation after a 3 month trial
- Road closures of the following streets: Atlantic Road, Coldharbour Lane, Beehive Place, Brixton Station Road, Pope’s Road and Ferndale Road
- Daily trading permitted from 10am to 10pm
- Operational activities such as street cleaning and deliveries permitted between 6am to 9am
- Permitting businesses to install outdoor infrastructure such as parklets, tables, chairs and greening features
- Encourage businesses to switch to green last mile delivery solutions
- Supporting for the walking and cycling agenda which will improve air quality
- Stimulate the local street markets
- Create community led spaces for events
If not now, when?
You can read our document here: Brixton Playground.