SOMEWHERE, OVER THE RAINBOW….Lambeth unveil the first multi-coloured crossing (to “show solidarity with borough’s LGBT+ community”) – and get an FOI request on it!

Lambeth unveils the UK’s first rainbow road crossing

Lambeth is the first place in the UK to install a permanent ‘rainbow crossing’ on its streets, to “show solidarity with the borough’s LGBT+ community.”

The crossing has been installed in Herne Hill, on two crossings outside the entrance to Brockwell Park; on the junctions of Dulwich Road with Railton Road, and Norwood Road with Dulwich Road says a council statement.

“Lambeth has always been a borough that prides itself on inclusivity and openness, and the rainbow crossing is designed to be a symbol of that solidarity with the huge LGBT+ population of the borough, and London as a whole.

“Signifying equality, diversity and inclusion a rainbow crossing comprises those colours which match the internationally recognised Pride flag.”

‘Walk the Rainbow’ messaging will appear throughout the borough, guiding people to the Herne Hill gate at Brockwell Park to check out the crossing, with people being invited to share images on social media with the hashtags #WeAreLambeth and #HerneHillRainbow, the statement adds.

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Lambeth’s cabinet member for equalities and culture, said: “This is a colourful and fun symbol of Lambeth’s inclusivity.

“We’re proud of our LGBT+ community and have a tradition of championing equality and LGBT+ rights – this crossing celebrates that and is a physical example of our bold and progressive thinking.

“What better time to unveil the rainbow crossing than in the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We’ve come a long way, and in Lambeth we’re proud to be leading the way.”

The Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Ibrahim Dogus said: “Lambeth’s diversity has always been our strength, and we have never been afraid to show it! “This crossing is a symbol of the pride we have in our flourishing LGBT+ community and will light up Herne Hill with its message of inclusivity. “It is just one of the many ways that we will continue to stand in solidarity with all those who face discrimination in our borough and beyond.” (Source: Lambeth council’s ‘Love Lambeth’ website)

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

News of the rainbow crossing has already prompted a Freedom of Information request to Lambeth council:

Helena Kowalska made this Freedom of Information request to Lambeth Borough Council 16 August 2019

Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please supply a cost breakdown for the recent installation of the rainbow crossing at the Herne Hill junction by Brockwell Park including public consultation, council officers time, committee time and resource, all departments involved including planning, finance, environment et al as well as cost of external advisors, consultants, surveyors, contractors and estimated monitoring and maintenance over the next five years.

Please indicate how many social care services could have been provided for the equivalent costs as above as the rainbow crossing.

Yours faithfully, Helena Kowalska

Currently waiting for a response from Lambeth Borough Council, they should respond promptly and normally no later than 16 September 2019 (details). (Source: WhatDoTheyKnow website where you will find a vast array of questions made not just to Lamnbeth council but (probably) every other borough council as well – Ed.)

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