Brixton Rec Improvement Group (BRIG)
Written by Message from Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods
January 11, 2016
Categories: Brixton Central, Brixton Rec, Community space, Public spaces
I’d like to thank everyone for their time, input and commitment to BRIG which has now reached the end of its useful life and it is no longer necessary for us to meet on a regular basis.
Over the last two years Lambeth council has commissioned detailed surveys and reinforced our commitment to retaining the Rec , not least through the £6m earmarked to carry out the work required to keep the Rec open, safe and operational until a long-term plan has been secured for plant replacement and structural improvements by 2022.
The Stride Treglown report published last year, makes clear that any future improvements and refurbishment as outlined in three costed options, is beyond the financial scope of the council which is facing a 56% cut in its core funding. We will actively investigate alternative streams of funding to secure the long term future of this iconic and much loved building which is at the heart of Brixton’s community and of course, will keep the public and partners informed in line with our policy of openness and transparency where council minutes and reports are freely available.
That is where our energies should be focussed, and until such time as there is something to discuss or report, there is minimal value in retaining regular BRIG meetings which was set up because of concerns about the council’s commitment to the REC. We have made that commitment absolutely clear, explained how we will safeguard the immediate future of the REC and the difficult financial challenges in the longer term.
You can read more about the REC here