Welcome to the Streatham Book of Christmas 2019, our guide to all the exciting things happening in our much-loved town, showcasing all Streatham has to offer. From Christmas activities, featuring the Streatham Light Switch On, our bustling Christmas markets, to the wonderful gift ideas from our retail offerings plus find out the best festive dining spots and celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with our Pubs, Bars.
During the festive period, Instreatham delivers a comprehensive marketing campaign to encourage visitors and shoppers to experience Christmas in Streatham. This year, we’ve designed a festive trail for youngsters to explore their town, our annual Christmas magazine and Lights Switch-on event for all the family!
Christmas lights switch on
Instreatham organises the annual Christmas lights switch on at Babington Plaza. We’ll have a festive market alongside live entertainment and Santa’s Grotto! As always, we’ve got a celebrity switching on the Christmas lights, the celebrity is always a Streatham local and we’ve had many famous faces in the past including David Harewood, Sandy & Sandra from Gogglebox and Catherine Russell. We’re excited to announce that this year, Lianne La Havas will be counting down on stage with us!
The festive market will run from 11am – 6pm, with lovely stalls lined up from gifts to vintage items, jewellery, clothing, food and more!
We also produce the marketing materials for the Christmas lights switch on, which includes the stage banners, posters and advertising leading up to the event.
Christmas lights in numbers:
2 miles of lights put up each year
250+ people gathered on Babington Plaza to watch the switch-on
Streatham Book of Christmas
Instreatham produces the Christmas magazine to showcase the best places to go and things to see during the festive period. In 2018, we created the Streatham book of Christmas, 20,000 copies were printed and distributed within Streatham.
Keep the kids entertained over the holidays with our Christmas trail. Similar to our previous trails, families walk all along the high road from Telford Avenue all the way through to the Common.
The purpose of the trail is to encourage families to visit their high street shops and explore the fabulous independents in their area. Previous trails have increased footfall and sales with an estimated 150 families discovering shops and cafes they wouldn’t usually visit.
Commencing on December 1st, the fun festive trail invites visitors to locate 15 hidden elves around Streatham shop windows, in order to win a fantastic prize. Visitors simply need to follow the trail and locate all of the elves and their names.
As always, we will put up our Christmas trees at the following locations – Streatham Hill station (Leigham Court Rd), Babington Plaza/Streatham Green and Streatham Common.
Tables and Chairs
A License is needed to place tables and chairs outside of your property and approval may not always given. The application must always be submitted and the application fee paid even if you only plan to have the first two chairs on display which are free. Above two chairs a fee per chair is payable within specific hours.
The entire A23 is a zero tolerance zone for A Boards. Even if you include an A Board in your application for tables and chairs Condition 16 of the tables and chairs license specifies that this permission excludes A Boards and any other materials not specified in the license.
Shop Front License
Legislation allows for the Highways Authority to require businesses to pay for both Tables & Chairs and Shop Front Licenses if they wish to display items within 0.7m of the Highway.
Historically Lambeth hasn’t charged for either Tables & Chairs Licensing or Shop Front Licenses for businesses that have been able to demonstrate that their business curtilage (Land included in the floorplan of your premises) is included in the deeds of the premises in their lease.
Whilst this position hasn’t changed if you have received a fine for land that you consider to be owned by you will need to send TfL proof of the deeds including the floorplan or they will complete a detailed Land Registry Search to determine ownership of Private Land.
Lambeth Owned Roads
TfL take a zero tolerance approach to A-boards on roads they manage. Lambeth currently take a different approach whereby we do not enforce for or prohibit the use of A-boards unless they are causing an obstruction. The use of A-boards does not form part of a table and chairs license.
Notes: Lambeth is responsible for processing Licenses but TfL are responsible for enforcing licenses. Lambeth will visit premises to ensure they have the correct licenses and make suggestions if considered to be needed.
Don’t wait; Prepare.
On October 9th, we held a Brexit Preparedness workshop for Streatham businesses, with support from the London Growth Hub and Brexit Help. The event was successful in informing businesses of the next steps to take ahead of October 31st and allowed businesses to raise other concerns regarding business policy.
Brexit means the UK will be separating from the European legal order, therefore not bound by EU policy but the World Trade Organisation will be the baseline.
Regarding employees from Europe, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal, they can apply for EU settlement up until June 30th 2021, however, if the UK leaves the EU WITHOUT a deal, the deadline for EU settlement is December 31st 2020. If you travel or transport goods from Europe in your own vehicle, remember to register for your EORI number, international drivers license, and update your car & health insurance.
We want to hear from you.
We are planning the BID’s activity for the next financial year and in order to determine the priorities, we want businesses throughout Streatham to tell us whether the projects we’re planning are useful to you. The response to this survey will be sent to the Board who will take it into account when signing off the business plan.
Please complete this survey by November 30th to be entered into the prize draw to win a dining experience at a Streatham Restaurant of your choice, up to £100!