“HUGE SELL-OFF OF COUNCIL HOUSING BY LAMBETH” SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT “Money from sales did not always go on housing, most went on schools and resurfacing roads and pavements” – More than £1.5 million spent on staff and legal fees to implement

Lambeth council sold off more than 300 homes in seven years, says a new report from  People's Audit.  The sales, from 2010/11 to 2017/18, are in addition to nearly 600 properties already sold off in the ten years to 2010 - and do NOT include properties bought by council tenants under Right-To-Buy. Using Land Registry … Continue reading “HUGE SELL-OFF OF COUNCIL HOUSING BY LAMBETH” SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT “Money from sales did not always go on housing, most went on schools and resurfacing roads and pavements” – More than £1.5 million spent on staff and legal fees to implement

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OPINION: FULL ‘ROOT AND BRANCH’ INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO ALL THE ISSUES PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH HAVE RAISED

The chronicle of issues raised in Peoples Audit Lambeth's latest report on Lambeth council occurred long before the arrival of Andrew Travers as chief executive, and before Cllr Jack Hopkins took over as council leader earlier this year. The first People's Audit Lambeth report was dismissed as a "pack of lies" by one of the … Continue reading OPINION: FULL ‘ROOT AND BRANCH’ INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO ALL THE ISSUES PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH HAVE RAISED

“During our investigations we were surprised to find Lambeth own houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell and Frome. Some of these had stood derelict for several years.” (Plus: Why Lambeth spent £120,000 on enquiries to the Land Registry: “There is a reasonable expectation of identifying sites we didn’t know we owned”)

Investigations by People's Audit Lambeth also found the council owned houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell (possibly Oxford - Ed.)  and Frome (Somerset). "Some of these had stood derelict for several years" says the report. Under the heading 'Lambeth's Asset Register' People's Audit Lambeth say: "All organisations should keep an asset … Continue reading “During our investigations we were surprised to find Lambeth own houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell and Frome. Some of these had stood derelict for several years.” (Plus: Why Lambeth spent £120,000 on enquiries to the Land Registry: “There is a reasonable expectation of identifying sites we didn’t know we owned”)

THE SALE OF RANGER MANSIONS IN JASPER ROAD – WHERE LAMBETH SETTLED FOR £8,000 IN COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY INSTEAD OF THE £31,000 PLUS THEY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED – and the strange tale of Rushcroft Road, Brixton where 19 properties were refurbished at an average cost of £181,000 EACH

Lambeth council got just £8,000 in community infrastructure levy for the conversion of flats in Ranger Mansions, Jasper Road - instead of the £31,578 they should have received, says the People's Audit Lambeth report: Ranger Mansions This property in Jasper Road, Crystal Palace consisted of eight flats. A planning application was submitted by London Green … Continue reading THE SALE OF RANGER MANSIONS IN JASPER ROAD – WHERE LAMBETH SETTLED FOR £8,000 IN COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY INSTEAD OF THE £31,000 PLUS THEY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED – and the strange tale of Rushcroft Road, Brixton where 19 properties were refurbished at an average cost of £181,000 EACH

WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? Only a forensic audit on capital receipts would reveal the truth, say People’s Audit

"One question that is on many people’s lips is 'What happened to all the money?' say People's Audit Lambeth. "Others before us have tried and failed to get an answer to this question from Lambeth. In a BBC Inside Out programme in 2014 the then Lambeth council cabinet member for housing and regeneration, Pete Robbins, … Continue reading WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? Only a forensic audit on capital receipts would reveal the truth, say People’s Audit

Former Lambeth council short-life co-operative homes now owned by aristocracy, an heiress, and offshore developers says People’s Audit Lambeth report

The concept of short-life properties started in the late 1970s when properties that the council were unable to maintain (many of which were derelict), were handed over to people on the borough’s housing waiting list. Because of the poor condition of the properties the residents could not be given a council tenancy as this would … Continue reading Former Lambeth council short-life co-operative homes now owned by aristocracy, an heiress, and offshore developers says People’s Audit Lambeth report

‘LEAP’ INTO ACTION TO BOOK A SPOT AT NEXT YEAR’S CRYSTAL PALACE ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE

  Painters and designers wanting to exhibit at next year's Crystal Palace Artists Open House need to 'leap' into action as soon as possible. Next year's event, again spread over two weekends following the hugely successful inaugural Crystal Palace Artists Open House event this year, is being brought forward to the weekends of Saturday February … Continue reading ‘LEAP’ INTO ACTION TO BOOK A SPOT AT NEXT YEAR’S CRYSTAL PALACE ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE

PLANS FOR ‘DINOSAUR BRIDGE’ IN CRYSTAL PALACE PARK SUBMITTED

Plans to build a new 'dinosaur bridge' in Crystal Palace park to allow access to the island where the world-famous statues stand have been submitted to Bromley council for consideration. A design and access statement supporting the application - which is being made by the Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs - says it is … Continue reading PLANS FOR ‘DINOSAUR BRIDGE’ IN CRYSTAL PALACE PARK SUBMITTED

BUNGALOW DEMOLITION PLANS REFUSED

Plans to demolish a residential bungalow on Patterson Road have been turned down by Bromley council. Frame property group had applied to demolish the bungalow at number 5 (which stands to the left of Cintra Court) and construct a 2.5-storey building above ground, plus two lower ground storeys, comprising six residential units (two four-bedroom townhouses, … Continue reading BUNGALOW DEMOLITION PLANS REFUSED

TABLE TENNIS, HATHA YOGA AND A COMEDY NIGHT – UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY HUB THIS WEEK

There's table tennis, Hatha yoga and a comedy club on the bill at the Upper Norwood library hub on Westow Hill this week.....