“TELL US HOW WE CAN IMPROVE DEMOCRACY IN THE BOROUGH”

"Tell us how we can improve democracy in the borough" - that's the request from one of the five councils which include Crystal Palace within its boundaries. If your home, business or community group is in the borough, we want you to take part in a review of local democracy. We are doing the first … Continue reading “TELL US HOW WE CAN IMPROVE DEMOCRACY IN THE BOROUGH”

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OPINION: “NO CYCLE LANES, NO CPZ….”

Lambeth's draft local plan makes some sweeping generalisations of the Crystal Palace area. "The surrounding area is relatively poorly served by public transport." Really? OK it would be nice to have a bus service which went along Church Road and then turned left towards South Norwood Hill. But "poorly served"? Upper Norwood is located close … Continue reading OPINION: “NO CYCLE LANES, NO CPZ….”

LAMBETH COUNCIL REFUSE TO ANSWER FOI QUESTIONS MADE BY NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE

Lambeth council are refusing to answer Freedom of Information questions put to them by News From Crystal Palace. Their refusal comes in nine emails from 'the FOI team' in response to questions hand-delivered to Lambeth town hall, all of which give the same response: We consider that this request is vexatious in accordance with Section … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL REFUSE TO ANSWER FOI QUESTIONS MADE BY NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE

LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE

News From Crystal Palace can reveal why the Carnegie library at Herne Hill has security guards there: the library is not connected to an alarm receiving centre. The current security cost is £10,314 per month. This includes one security officer who is on site overnight, ensuring a 24/7 presence. The library is currently closed for … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE

“DON’T GIVE CENTRAL HILL PEOPLE A BALLOT ON ESTATE DEMOLITION” LAMBETH TELL GLA – “but we accept the principle of applying ballots to future schemes” (well, maybe)

Residents on Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace should NOT be given the chance to vote on whether they want their homes demolished, Lambeth council have told the GLA. Lambeth's 'reasoning'?: "We commissioned an independent company to carry out a test of opinion in October 2016. "This demonstrated that there was a clear majority of … Continue reading “DON’T GIVE CENTRAL HILL PEOPLE A BALLOT ON ESTATE DEMOLITION” LAMBETH TELL GLA – “but we accept the principle of applying ballots to future schemes” (well, maybe)

CENTRAL HILL: Residents say: “Of the 150 households who responded, 94 per cent DO NOT support demolition.” SO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE LIVING ON CENTRAL HILL WANT DEMOLITION? – OK LAMBETH: PROVE IT. LET’S SEE THE CAMPAIGN COMPANY’S FILLED-IN FORMS – ALL OF THEM…..

The following Twitter posts show the huge depth of mistrust on Central Hill estate with both Lambeth council and the survey that was undertaken on the 'co-operative' council's behalf. Karen Bennett (secretary of the Central Hill tenants and residents association) 13 November 2016 · London TCC (The Campaign Company) are on the estate right now … Continue reading CENTRAL HILL: Residents say: “Of the 150 households who responded, 94 per cent DO NOT support demolition.” SO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE LIVING ON CENTRAL HILL WANT DEMOLITION? – OK LAMBETH: PROVE IT. LET’S SEE THE CAMPAIGN COMPANY’S FILLED-IN FORMS – ALL OF THEM…..

….AS GREEN PARTY ON LAMBETH SAY HOMES FOR LAMBETH IS NO LONGER NECESSARY

The highly controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme created by Lambeth Labour is no longer necessary, says Lambeth council's Green opposition leader Cllr Jon Bartley (pictured). "The lifting of the cap on borrowing for housing destroys in one fell swoop one of the main pillars on which Lambeth Council's estate demolition programme is based. "The council … Continue reading ….AS GREEN PARTY ON LAMBETH SAY HOMES FOR LAMBETH IS NO LONGER NECESSARY

NO MONEY TO SPEND ON ESTATES AND LIBRARIANS? SO WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING?: £128 MILLION ON TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS / £19 MILLION ON A LEISURE CONTRACT / £139 MILLION ON A PROCUREMENT PROGRAMME….IT’S THE LATEST INSTALMENT OF THE WHY? FACTOR.

On their official website Lambeth council have a section headed 'Council contract opportunities - guide'. The details given come under the heading 'Three-year procurement plan' but some contracts are for shorter periods, some for longer periods with one contract not scheduled to start until January 2023. Under their current contracts Lambeth council are spending a … Continue reading NO MONEY TO SPEND ON ESTATES AND LIBRARIANS? SO WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING?: £128 MILLION ON TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS / £19 MILLION ON A LEISURE CONTRACT / £139 MILLION ON A PROCUREMENT PROGRAMME….IT’S THE LATEST INSTALMENT OF THE WHY? FACTOR.

“CULTURE 2020 A FINANCIAL DISASTER” – Defend the Ten

From Defend the Ten: Here’s a sad story in two simple columns – the disastrous waste of money incurred by the “Culture2020′” plan for libraries. This column shows the annual cost of running 10 well-used libraries in 2014-15. Then came Culture2020…most of the 2014-15 expenditure has carried on. But Culture2020 has added EXTRA costs. For instance, … Continue reading “CULTURE 2020 A FINANCIAL DISASTER” – Defend the Ten

LAMBETH’S RESPONSE IN FULL TO MAYOR’S DRAFT GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE TO REGENERATION

Summary of FOI request to GLA : I am writing to request information on responses to the consultation on the Mayor’s Draft Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration under the Freedom of Information Act. (Name of person who made the request not given - Ed.) Lambeth response via GLA dated March 2018 pages 33 to 37 … Continue reading LAMBETH’S RESPONSE IN FULL TO MAYOR’S DRAFT GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE TO REGENERATION