STANDING UP TO LAMBETH – AGAIN

Last year (October 8), 250 people demonstrated in Lambeth under the banner STAND UP TO LAMBETH COUNCIL to protest against the Labour council’s failure to act in residents’ interests.

They represented community groups from all over the borough.
The council didn’t listen.

SO THEY ARE DOING IT AGAIN!
on SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 they will gather opposite the ’new’ Town Hall in Windrush Square
Time: 2pm – 5pm
There’ll be an open mic for all those harmed by Lambeth’s policies to speak out and a vigil to commemorate the damage done during the year.

This includes a special tribute to Ann Plant, Cressingham Gardens resident and lead campaigner, who died in December 2016. She spent her last months struggling against cancer while still trying to stop the demolition of her estate. Her widower, Andrew Plant, will speak.

This saturday’s demo follows another demo by supporters of Cressingham gardenbs estate, Tulse Hill which Lambeth council’s controlling Labour group want to demolish.

STAND UP TO LAMBETH CALLS ON THE COUNCIL:
– to become financially transparent and democratic
– to become accountable to its residents
– to put the interests of residents and council workers before the
interests of private companies.
“The people of Lambeth call for [council leader] Lib Peck and her cabinet to resign, as they have betrayed  the trust and faith of the residents of Lambeth. “We have no confidence in their ability to represent us.”

Discontent with Lambeth council is widespread, and covers every point of view, from libraries to businesses, skatepark users to people in sheltered housing.

All have one problem in common – the council itself.

The pattern is of high-handed, ill-informed decisions pushed through without consultation,
refusal to listen and refusal to consider viable alternatives.

BACKGROUND
While Lambeth council has refused to budge, out in the real world:
* the general election success of Labour has marginalised the right-wing Progress faction that controls Lambeth.
* Labour’s national leadership has called for democratic ballots of council estates threatened with ‘regeneration’ – Lambeth refuses to comply.
* Jeremy Corbyn has condemned ‘regeneration’ that means social cleansing and loss of affordable homes – exactly what Lambeth council is doing.
* Lambeth has been revealed be the second most polluted borough in London (after the city) – yet its annual budget on air pollution is just £31,000.
* stress-related illness has rocketed at the doomed Cressingham Gardens estate, where demolishing 300 homes would create just 16 social homes – and prices will start at £436k for small one-bedroom flat.
* Tenants and residents associations on housing estates have been stripped of their powers to engage with the council by new ‘rules of engagement’.
* a People’s Audit analysis has exposed millions lost through inefficiency and failure to monitor deals with contractors.This includes a special tribute to Ann Plant, Cressingham Gardens resident and lead campaigner who died in Dec ’16. She spent her last months struggling against cancer while still trying to stop the demolition of her estate.
* the Lambeth-backed Garden Bridge has been abandoned as a waste of public money, and seemingly corrupt.
* the once-thriving local shops in Brixton’s Arches district have become a boarded-up dead zone where ‘regeneration’ work has still not begun, and few businesses will be able to return.
* the pointless closure of popular libraries has been shown to cost far more than keeping them open.
* planning decisions continue to close local pubs, music venues and businesses favour of luxury housing and fashionable eateries.
* Brixton residents are campaigning against the rowdy night noise that ruins their sleep.
* green-flagged Brockwell Park is being ear-marked for massive music festivals.
* the successful community-run Splash music festival was replaced by the council with a ‘Wave’ festival devoted entirely to food and shopping – which collapsed days before it was due to take place.
* Lambeth has reneged on its promise to commission an independent report into historical abuse at Shirley Oaks children’s homes run by the council.

One Stand Up campaigner posted: There are many reasons for Lambeth residents to get involved, not least the many, many families due to be displaced and/or financially screwed by Lambeth as a result of the regeneration plans for the 6 estates, including our own, Central Hill.

“Many of our elderly will die while living in fear under the shadow of these appalling plans, and other families & friendships will be fractured by the policies that won’t commit to housing complete families and communities.

“We have been fighting Lambeth on these policies for nearly three years now, and while a few residents get involved in campaigning, many more are complacent or resigned to the regen going ahead.

“We CANNOT GIVE UP THE FIGHT…….LAMBETH HAVE NOT WON YET, AND THE EVENT ON SATURDAY IS OUR WAY OF SHOWING THAT WE ARE NOT GIVING UP THE FIGHT.

“Too many people have already been desperately abandoned by Lambeth as they steamroller their way across people’s lives and we CANNOT ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE. GET INVOLVED, KEEP UP THE FIGHT AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DIED …….. ANN PLANT, LEAD CAMPAIGNER AT CRESSINGHAM GARDENS DIED A YEAR AGO, WHILE FIGHTING FOR HER HOME.

“HER LAST DAYS WERE STRESSED AND MISERABLE……HER TRAGEDY CANNOT BE REPEATED. COME ON SATURDAY TO REMEMBER HER AND TO TELL LAMBETH WE WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH MORE PEOPLE SUFFER AND DIE AS A RESULT OF THEIR POLICIES.

“DON’T SIT BACK AND WATCH IT HAPPEN……..TAKE A STAND AND STAND UP TO LAMBETH.”

For further info please see STAND UP TO LAMBETH Facebook page
@Stand up to Lambeth on twitter

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