OPINION – NEWS FROM PLANET LAMBETH THREE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS “COME ALONG FOR AFTERNOON TEA”

NEWS FROM PLANET LAMBETH THREE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS The resident engagement team (or demolition team) knocking on doors on the Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill have issued an online newsletter which is so crass and so insensitive it beggars belief:  Cressingham Newsletter July - August 2018 Jul 25, 2018 DOOR KNOCKING The Resident Engagement Team … Continue reading OPINION – NEWS FROM PLANET LAMBETH THREE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS “COME ALONG FOR AFTERNOON TEA”

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Lambeth publishes responses to voters’ inquiries about the council’s accounts…BUT WHAT DO YOU CALL AN ANSWER?

Planet Lambeth have issued a statement headed: Lambeth publishes responses to voters’ inquiries about the council’s accounts. It begins: Lambeth has published the responses to questions raised by voters who took the opportunity to inspect the council’s accounts this year.   National legislation gives all Lambeth voters the chance to go through the council’s books, ask … Continue reading Lambeth publishes responses to voters’ inquiries about the council’s accounts…BUT WHAT DO YOU CALL AN ANSWER?

LAMBETH’S LATEST FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WHEEZE: “WE DON’T HAVE THIS INFORMATION”

...which is rather strange because...   On May 3 2018 News From Crystal Palace ran a short piece headlined: LAMBETHWATCH: HEALTHY LIVING CENTRES MOVE AGREED ‘IN PRINCIPLE’ MONTHS BEFORE CULTURE 2020 SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT The story, which accompanied the image above, read: Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit Tweeted: Case study in the importance of #transparency: former Lambeth … Continue reading LAMBETH’S LATEST FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WHEEZE: “WE DON’T HAVE THIS INFORMATION”

LAMBETH COUNCIL’S SHOCK ADMISSION: WE GOT IT WRONG ON LEASEHOLDERS – TWICE!

More than 800 leaseholders living on Lambeth estates were sent payment requests totalling almost £540,000 for works which were never carried out, Lambeth council have admitted. Five leaseholders ended up forking out more than £5,450.80 The admission comes in response to a follow-up answer from Lambeth council’s Freedom of Information team which initially admitted 350 … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL’S SHOCK ADMISSION: WE GOT IT WRONG ON LEASEHOLDERS – TWICE!

LAMBETHWATCH: CALLING ALL COMMUNITY GROUPS! YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR VOICE HEARD BOROUGHWIDE!!!

Lambeth Talk is issued quarterly by Lambeth Council in collaboration with community groups who submit content. That's the official Lambeth line contained in response to a Freedom of Information request. News From Crystal Palace is guessing many campaigners across the borough are sitting there astonished at such a line so - why not get writing? … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: CALLING ALL COMMUNITY GROUPS! YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR VOICE HEARD BOROUGHWIDE!!!

LAMBETHWATCH FOI QUESTIONS UNANSWERED PART ONE*

PAYMENTS TO LAMBETH COUNCIL REGENERATION TEAM From: Tom Keene 18 April 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, Can you please provide evidence of how council officer Julian Hart within the regeneration team is paid? I would specifically like to see: 1. Copies of any contracts you hold with him or with companies he works or has … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FOI QUESTIONS UNANSWERED PART ONE*

LAMBETHWATCH: FOI QUESTIONS UNANSWERED PART TWO*

CRESSINGHAM GARDENS - RENTAL INCOME Tom Keene 5 January 2018 Dear HM FOI, Can you please explain why this FOI request: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c... States that for Cressingham Gardens in financial year 2012/2013: Rental income = £1,196,818 Service Charge income = £57,915.40 Yet this (1060969) FOI request states that for 2012/13: Rental income = £443,295 Service charge … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: FOI QUESTIONS UNANSWERED PART TWO*

LAMBETHWATCH: …AND WE’LL ANSWER THIS QUESTION LATER

Joanne Parkes 31 May 2018 Dear Lambeth borough council, Please provide the 'Topographical Survey' of Cressingham Gardens Estate referred to as having been completed, in Issue 4 of your 'Engagement & Surveys' newsletter dated April-May 2018. Please provide the entire report document and not a summary. Yours faithfully, Joanne Parkes 4 July 2018 Our ref: … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: …AND WE’LL ANSWER THIS QUESTION LATER

LAMBETHWATCH: QUESTIONS NOT BEING ANSWERED BY LAMBETH COUNCIL’S PRESS OFFICE….

Back in April News From Crystal Palace reported how we had approached council leader Cllr Lib Peck at the end of an election hustings meeting in Vauxhall: ITALICS  At the end of the meeting News From Crystal Palace approached Cllr Peck to ask about the ‘Rotten Boroughs’ item in Private Eye magazine. She implied that … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: QUESTIONS NOT BEING ANSWERED BY LAMBETH COUNCIL’S PRESS OFFICE….

LAMBETHWATCH FOI QUESTIONS ANSWERED: 

VOID PROPERTIES ON COUNCIL ESTATES  Lambeth council have answered some Freedom of Information questions sent to them by News From Crystal Palace - Your requests and our response dated June 20th 2018: How many void properties currently exist on Westbury Estate 3. How many void properties currently exist on South Lambeth Estate 9. How many … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FOI QUESTIONS ANSWERED: