“RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT – ESTATE REGENERATION” (Lambeth housing special – Six)

Lengthy reports were submitted to Thursday night's meeting of Lambeth council's overview and scrutiny committee. One of which is headed: Resident Involvement in Housing Scrutiny Commission Update. News From Crystal Palace has split the report into two 'parts'. This is the second 'part' which starts at page 41 under the heading: Estate Regeneration: Placing Residents … Continue reading “RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT – ESTATE REGENERATION” (Lambeth housing special – Six)

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RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT IN HOUSING SCRUTINY COMMISSION (Lambeth housing special – Seven)

Lengthy reports were submitted to Thursday night's meeting of Lambeth council's overview and scrutiny committeee. One was headed: Resident Involvement in Housing Scrutiny Commission Update. News From Crystal Palace has split the report into two 'parts'. This is the first 'part' which goes up to page 41 and contains some background to the setting up … Continue reading RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT IN HOUSING SCRUTINY COMMISSION (Lambeth housing special – Seven)

RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT IN HOUSING SCRUTINY – THE OFFICIAL LAMBETH COUNCIL VERSION OF EVENTS…….(Lambeth housing special – Eight)

The Resident Involvement in Housing Scrutiny Commission (the Commission) was set up in April 2015 to establish the best way for residents to be involved in the governance, scrutiny and delivery of housing-related works and services, in order to drive up satisfaction and improvement. 1.1 The Resident Involvement in Housing Scrutiny Commission (the Commission) met … Continue reading RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT IN HOUSING SCRUTINY – THE OFFICIAL LAMBETH COUNCIL VERSION OF EVENTS…….(Lambeth housing special – Eight)

……AND HOW ONE PART OF THE LAMBETH RESISTANCE SEES IT: (Lambeth housing special – Nine)

‘Ratify our secret deal’: the latest call from democratic Lambeth Council FEBRUARY 2, 2018 LAMBETH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION COMMENTS Lambeth Council wrote on 26th February: After the deliberations of the 3 Area Boards, the following amendments were proposed to the draft Constitution. There were also strong views the 3 Boards should have met together to consider the Constitution. Therefore … Continue reading ……AND HOW ONE PART OF THE LAMBETH RESISTANCE SEES IT: (Lambeth housing special – Nine)

COUNCIL TENANT GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR SUB-LETTING FRAUD

A Lambeth council tenant has been given a six-month prison sentence after subletting his council house while claiming benefits elsewhere in the country. The tenant, aged 46, pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud after being uncovered by council officers. He was found to be taking rent from sub-tenants at his council house in Streatham … Continue reading COUNCIL TENANT GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR SUB-LETTING FRAUD

PLANS FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT FOOTZIE’S OPPOSED BY BROMLEY COUNCIL

A proposal to build 151 apartments on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) at the Footzie social club close to Lower Sydenham station is being contested by Bromley council at a forthcoming appeal. Cllr Alexa Michael, chairman of Bromley council's development control committee, said: “We are not prepared to accept the loss of valuable Metropolitan Open Land, … Continue reading PLANS FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT FOOTZIE’S OPPOSED BY BROMLEY COUNCIL

 PRIVATELY-OWNED CROYDON PROPERTIES LEFT DERELICT TO BECOME COUNCIL TENANTS HOMES

Foxley Lane before.... Two privately-owned Croydon properties left derelict for a combined period of 30 years are set to become homes for council tenants thanks to major renovation works. The three-bedroom home in Coulsdon and four-bedroom house in Purley have now been renovated and extended to become one large four-bedroom and four two-bedroom properties. The … Continue reading  PRIVATELY-OWNED CROYDON PROPERTIES LEFT DERELICT TO BECOME COUNCIL TENANTS HOMES

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

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