LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 1: “COUNCIL IN LAST CHANCE SALOON” WARNS MP

Lambeth council need to realise they are in their last chance saloon, Labour MP Kate Hoey told a public meeting on Thursday.   Kate Hoey, one of Lambeth borough's three Labour MP's, made the stark warning at the end of a meeting organised by People's Audit Lambeth which had heard a vast array of wide-ranging … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 1: “COUNCIL IN LAST CHANCE SALOON” WARNS MP

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LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 2: COUNCIL SAID IT WOULD COST £14 MILLION PLUS TO REFURBISH CRESSINGHAM GARDENS. I ESTIMATED £6.95 MILLION…..SAYS CHARTERED QUANTITY SURVEYOR!

Chartered quantity surveyor Simon Morrow did his own estimate of how much it would cost to refurbish Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill after Lambeth council slapped an estimate to refurbish of £14 million to £15 million on it. His figure: Just under 50 per cent less at £6.95 million. Lambeth then came up with a … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 2: COUNCIL SAID IT WOULD COST £14 MILLION PLUS TO REFURBISH CRESSINGHAM GARDENS. I ESTIMATED £6.95 MILLION…..SAYS CHARTERED QUANTITY SURVEYOR!

LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 3: “LOCAL COUNCILLOR REFUSED TO REPRESENT US OVER ESTATE DEMOLITION” – CRESSINGHAM RESIDENT  “We found £127,000 worth of repairs that clearly hadn’t been done”

A local councillor refused to represent residents on Cressingham Gardens opposing the demolition of their homes, the meeting heard. "When I asked her why she said 'I just can't'," Cressingham campaigner Tom Keene told the meeting. Mr Keene, a programmer, said they had found it difficult to obtain information around repairs data surveys to the … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 3: “LOCAL COUNCILLOR REFUSED TO REPRESENT US OVER ESTATE DEMOLITION” – CRESSINGHAM RESIDENT  “We found £127,000 worth of repairs that clearly hadn’t been done”

LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 4:  “PEOPLE BEING BILLED FOR JOBS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DONE OR ARE DUPLICATES – BUT COUNCIL ARE PAYING THE MONEY OUT……”

The next People's Audit is coming up later this year - and campaigner Gerlinde Gniewosz hopes it will be third time lucky and "I might get the data I've been requesting for the past three years. "The more bits of information we can piece together the more we can see what's happening." Her comments came … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 4:  “PEOPLE BEING BILLED FOR JOBS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DONE OR ARE DUPLICATES – BUT COUNCIL ARE PAYING THE MONEY OUT……”

LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 5: …….”COUNCIL TOLD US: ‘NO REFUNDS EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE BEEN OVERCHARGED’ 

A representative from the Wyvil estate residents association told the meeting: "Everything I've heard from other speakers we have experienced on our estate. "We have experienced extreme obfuscation, a lack of will to engage. "We  reviewed figures back to 2012 and found we were being overcharged. "Now officers have blocked that and said we are … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 5: …….”COUNCIL TOLD US: ‘NO REFUNDS EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE BEEN OVERCHARGED’ 

LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 6: “£90 MILLION OF LAMBETH’S HOUSING BUDGET BEING WASTED” “Mismanagement on a colossal scale”

As much as £90 million of Lambeth's £430 million housing budget could be being wasted. Antony Wynn of Larkhall estate residents association said leaseholders on the estate had got together and commissioned a firm of independent consultants to look at a project on the estate, which is near Wandsworth Road railway station. "Their findings were … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 6: “£90 MILLION OF LAMBETH’S HOUSING BUDGET BEING WASTED” “Mismanagement on a colossal scale”

LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 7: “WE’VE GOT THE SAME OLD CONTRACTORS AND THEY DO A PRETTY RUBBISH JOB” – CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION LEADER

Lambeth's Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs said one of the issues he had been trying to come to terms with was why Lambeth were dysfunctional in terms of services. "The only example I had to compare it with was Wandsworth and the way contracts are priced. "In Lambeth they allow line managers to price … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 7: “WE’VE GOT THE SAME OLD CONTRACTORS AND THEY DO A PRETTY RUBBISH JOB” – CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION LEADER

LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 8 : “WHAT IS YOUR OBSESSION BEHIND GETTING YOUR OWN WAY?” – libraries campaigner

Anyone who calls themselves a Lambeth Labour councillor should be ashamed for not listening to what people were saying, Defend the Ten campaigner Michaela Loebner told the meeting. "What we've got in common at this meeting is to say 'Listen to the people' - there seems to be a real fear of the people. "You … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 8 : “WHAT IS YOUR OBSESSION BEHIND GETTING YOUR OWN WAY?” – libraries campaigner

LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 9: LABOUR COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPLIES – AND (EVENTUALLY) AGREES TO MEET PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH

Lambeth Labour Cllr Ed Davie, who chairs the council's overview and scrutiny committee, has agreed to meet People's Audit Lambeth to discuss their concerns. His (eventual) agreement came at Thursday night's meeting. Kate Hoey asked him if he asked if he was perfectly compliant that the People's Audit was a cross-party group. Ed: "If that's … Continue reading LAMBETH UNDER FIRE 9: LABOUR COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPLIES – AND (EVENTUALLY) AGREES TO MEET PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH

CINEMA GROUP APPLY FOR PREMISES LICENCE AT 25 CHURCH ROAD

Everyman cinema group have applied for a premises licence for the cinema building at 25 Church Road. The application is for "the provision of regular entertainment (including plays, films, live music, recorded music, performances of dance or any things of a similar description Sunday to Thursday 8am to 11pm / Friday and Saturday 11am to … Continue reading CINEMA GROUP APPLY FOR PREMISES LICENCE AT 25 CHURCH ROAD