Lambeth council have dramatically shelved plans for a new cycleway – which includes Gipsy Hill as part of its route – AFTER they were given the go-ahead by a cabinet member.

The shock move was announced after Lambeth’s Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs “called in” the decision on Friday June 9th – to be followed the following Monday (12th) by the three LABOUR councillors for Thurlow Park ward – through which the Quietway 7 route also runs.

In a letter to Cllr Briggs on Monday (June 26th), Lambeth’s cabinet member for environment and housing Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite who gave the go-ahead for the cycle route under delegated powers, says: “The appendices that were attached to my decision do not provide the level of comfort that some of those who responded to the consultation are seeking.

“In particular, some consider that the degree to which their contribution has informed the design is insufficient and disproportionate to the significance of the issues they have raised.

“On that basis I have decided to withdraw my decision and to review the responses to consultation to ensure that all relevant considerations have properly been taken into account.”

The letter does not say which of those groups who responded to the ‘consultation’ and what views they have expressed are.

The move has been slammed as “shocking spin” by Cllr Briggs.

“Think about it – either Labour-Lambeth made a decision and ignored their councillors and residents, or Labour councillors in Thurlow Park made a decision and decided to ignore residents” he said.

“I am sure they had lots of meetings with cabinet members and spin doctors trying to decide how to get out of this hole they dug for themselves.

“Either way Labour councillors – either in cabinet or in Thurlow Park – decided to ignore one another, created a huge mess, and now we get the usual spin about how they consulted everyone, had lots of meetings etc.

“The whole lot of them only do their job of listening to residents when they are put under pressure from residents through opposition councillors.

“Whether Labour councillors are demolishing people’s homes, closing libraries or leaving streets filthy, they need to start concentrating on the day job and stop trying to blame someone else for their failures.”

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