Opposition councillors on Lambeth are backing people living on the Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill after the Government gave the go-ahead for a residents takeover ballot.
Clklr Tim Briggs, the only blue on the council, told News From Crystal Palace: “Ever since 2014 I have been trying to get Labour councillors to understand that using its own poor record of repairs as a justification to destroy people’s homes and demote their tenancies was just plain wrong.
“I have been particularly critical of the sham consultations at Cressingham Gardens and Central Hill estates. “We need to devolve power to communities: To trust people and not patronise them.
“I am delighted for residents that the Government has approved a takeover ballot. “Cressingham Gardens is a beautiful estate that just needs to be properly managed.
“Homes for Lambeth has turned into the expensive shambles that opposition councillors always said it would. “I hope this is the beginning of the end for the Homes for Lambeth vehicle, and that going forward good lessons can be learned from Conservative-run Wandsworth on how to build lots of new council homes without destroying communities.”
Cllr Jon Bartley, Green party opposition leader on Lambeth council, told NFCP: “Labour-led Lambeth council have repeatedy ignored residents on Cressingham Gardens, and shut them out of plans for the future of the homes they love – including denying them a ballot on the council’s plans to demolish them.
“The Labour-run cabinet have also pursued a policy of divide-and-rule, setting leaseholders against council tenants.
Earlier Cllr Bartley had posted on social media: Jonathan Bartley @jon_bartleySo pleased for @SaveCressingham Lambeth Council won’t ballot or give residents a real say in the future of their estate – so residents are taking back control.
And here’s the Lambeth council view. A Lambeth council spokesperson said: “This announcement was based on information submitted in 2016 and we will need time to consider the implications.
“We are, however, pleased that the government has recognised the council’s plans to rebuild the estate will have a ‘positive impact on the area covered by the estate’ and we remain committed to rebuilding Cressingham Gardens to provide better homes for existing residents and more homes for people on the council house waiting list.”
MEANWHILE ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
Laura Swaffield @lswaffield1
ONE estate in Lambeth now has chance to be run by people who (1) are competent (2) don’t waste millions (3) give a damn about the people on the estate (4) actually ask them what they want. Now – how about the other estates? http://www.
At @SaveCressingham, our ward cllrs insisted that they had a right to attend any TRA meetings without invitation. We asked them to show us any such “right” set out in the “model constitution” Lambeth compelled TRAs to sign up to. It doesn’t exist.
EXCLUSIVE: LAMBETH COUNCIL’S ‘NO NEED FOR BALLOTS CLAIM’ EXPOSED AS BALDERDASH BY NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE – Funding given by Greater London Authority for three estates was NOT for demolition – and GLA have not given any money for two other estates under threat February 25th 2018
…and lots, lots more. Please search ‘Cressingham’ – Ed.