If you are not already one of the 140-plus people who have objected to Network Rail’s plans for Brixton Arches, you still have until Thursday (10 March) to make your voice heard on the future of Brixton.
And the good news is that the Brixton Society has now weighed in with expert advice on exactly how to make your views count.
The society suggests that your objection should be along the following lines:
I object to this planning application in light of the following policies from the Lambeth Local Plan:
PN3: Limiting the proportion of restaurant/ bar/ takeaway uses (A3/A4/A5 use classes) in major centres. At least 60% of the units should remain mainstream retail (class A1) and Network Rail’s proposals disrupt this balance;
ED6: Seeking to retain smaller shop units and at affordable rents – Network Rail’s proposals do not meet this policy.
Your personal opinions are, of course, also welcomed by the Arches traders who are fighting to save their own livelihoods and to preserve the Brixton that so many people love and that attracts thousands of people from all over the world to visit it.
But keep it civil, please. Abusive objections can be ignored.
If you have any doubts about why this is important, read trader Riccardo Festa’s personal view. Or see what Ray Murphy of Budget Carpets and Malek Menad of Denmay Fabrics think about how they and other traders have been treated,
You can make your voice count by objecting online here.