LAMBETH’S REDRESS SCHEME FOR ABUSED CHILDREN CRITICISED –  “VICTIMS FEEL THEY ARE COMING BACK TO COUNCIL WHICH LET THEM DOWN” – FIRST APPEAL TRIBUNALS SOON

The financial redress scheme for adults abused as youngsters in Lambeth council-run children's homes came under fire at last night's meeting of the council's cabinet. Cllr Scott Ainslie (Green) said the redress scheme’s remit was to be swift, efficient without re-traumatising the survivors. "What we have seen from council meetings is that that is not … Continue reading LAMBETH’S REDRESS SCHEME FOR ABUSED CHILDREN CRITICISED –  “VICTIMS FEEL THEY ARE COMING BACK TO COUNCIL WHICH LET THEM DOWN” – FIRST APPEAL TRIBUNALS SOON

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LABOUR HOLD COLDHARBOUR WARD – but there’s a 12 per cent swing to the Greens

Labour held on to Coldharbour ward in yesterday's Lambeth council by-election with a reduced majority and a 12 per cent swing to the Greens. Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley, who is leader of the Green group on Lambeth council said: “Greens are now the alternative to Labour in Lambeth. "When people hear  what the Green … Continue reading LABOUR HOLD COLDHARBOUR WARD – but there’s a 12 per cent swing to the Greens

SOUTHWARK’S £2.68 MILLION FUND FOR PEOPLE TO IMPROVE THEIR LOCAL AREA

Southwark council are inviting individuals and community groups to suggest how they would use £2.68million to improve their local area. Local people have until 22 October to apply for council funding to bring about the changes that are important to them. Successful proposals will be announced at the council’s Community Council meetings in early 2019. … Continue reading SOUTHWARK’S £2.68 MILLION FUND FOR PEOPLE TO IMPROVE THEIR LOCAL AREA

BAKERLOO LINE – SOUTHWARK WELCOME REPORT BUT SAY THIRD STATION IS A PRIORITY

Southwark council have responded to a TfL report about the Bakerloo line extension, welcoming the Mayor’s commitment to the plans but expressing disappointment that only two stations have been put forward for Old Kent Road. Cllr Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning, said: “I am pleased that the Mayor of London remains … Continue reading BAKERLOO LINE – SOUTHWARK WELCOME REPORT BUT SAY THIRD STATION IS A PRIORITY

LABOUR COUNCILLOR CRITICISES BRICK BY BRICK

Veteran Labour councillor Pat Ryan has criticised his own council's Brick by Brick housing scheme. He says two of the developments in Upper Norwood which Croydon council planning committees approved for the council's own company - at Ravensdale Gardens and Auckland Rise - have left a lot to be desired. "I wasn't at all impressed. … Continue reading LABOUR COUNCILLOR CRITICISES BRICK BY BRICK

OPINION – A BRICK TOO FAR

Brick by Brick's latest plans - this time to build flats where three sets of garages stand on Bedwardine Road which abuts Westow park- are a brick too far. Bedwardine Road sits just off the Triangle where parking is a major problem. The outside car park behind Sainsburys used to be a public car park … Continue reading OPINION – A BRICK TOO FAR

LABOUR PLAN £10 MILLION EARLY BUY-BACK OF DEMOLITION-THREATENED HOMES – AND PUBLIC WORKS LOAN BOARD SAY THEY HAVEN’T LENT LAMBETH £19.7 MILLION Estate agents being called in to let and manage properties rather than house people and families from homeless waiting list

Lambeth council are planning to spend £10 million buying up homes on the six estates they want to demolish as part of their hugely controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' scheme. The money comes on top of an INITIAL £19.7 million which the report - only published this week - reveals was borrowed back in December last … Continue reading LABOUR PLAN £10 MILLION EARLY BUY-BACK OF DEMOLITION-THREATENED HOMES – AND PUBLIC WORKS LOAN BOARD SAY THEY HAVEN’T LENT LAMBETH £19.7 MILLION Estate agents being called in to let and manage properties rather than house people and families from homeless waiting list

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS / OPINION: “Risk of reputational damage to Homes for Lambeth or Lambeth council if the managing/ letting agent provides a poor service” says report

What follows are some of the paragraphs from the report covering Lambeth's plans to spend £10 million on early 'buy-backs'. As a long-standing critic of Lambeth council, News From Crystal Palace takes the view that some, if not all, of what follows should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt: (Numbers at the start … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS / OPINION: “Risk of reputational damage to Homes for Lambeth or Lambeth council if the managing/ letting agent provides a poor service” says report

IF LIB PECK EVER WANTED PROOF THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH SHE SHOULD READ THIS……

From Defend the Ten: Last August, Defend the 10 sat in at Waterloo library, then the only one of the new-style small-scale barely-staffed 'neighbourhood libraries' hailed by the council as great success.  With our observers monitoring the use of Waterloo library for a week, we were able to tell a very different story: http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk/2018/04/17/report-on-waterloooasis  Now … Continue reading IF LIB PECK EVER WANTED PROOF THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH SHE SHOULD READ THIS……

BARNARDO’S NEW PLANS FOR HISTORIC WINDERMERE HOUSE

Barnardo's have announced plans for the historic Windermere House off Coxwell Road behind Sainsbury's Westow Street supermarket. They want to use the former tuning house of the Royal Normal college for the blind, which occupied the site up until the Second World War, as a house in multiple occupation for care leavers. The builkding has … Continue reading BARNARDO’S NEW PLANS FOR HISTORIC WINDERMERE HOUSE