BAKERS BRETT AND BAILEY AND BUTCHER GILL WING BACK AT THE FOOD MARKET (AND THERE’S CANDLES) / burger van on Westow Street is re-open – and life’s a beech in Stambourne Woods!!

Saturday 8th June Organic veg, fruit, fish, eggs, raw milk, butter, vegan, smokery, natural wine, bread, gluten free, pastries, olives,  store cupboard refills (herbs, tea, flours, rice, nuts, oils), eco cleaning refills, eco house supplies, beauty, salads, wraps, lunch, coffee. Brett and Bailey (cakes) and Gill Wing Farm (butcher) return this week.  It was definitely … Continue reading BAKERS BRETT AND BAILEY AND BUTCHER GILL WING BACK AT THE FOOD MARKET (AND THERE’S CANDLES) / burger van on Westow Street is re-open – and life’s a beech in Stambourne Woods!!

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HOWZAT! CRICKET TICKET TOUTS TARGETED BY LAMBETH IN OVAL CRACKDOWN

More than a dozen people are to be prosecuted and match tickets have been seized after games at the Kia Oval in Kennington were targeted by touts. The Kia Oval stadium is hosting a total of five fixtures during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, including India v Australia on June 9 and Sri Lanka … Continue reading HOWZAT! CRICKET TICKET TOUTS TARGETED BY LAMBETH IN OVAL CRACKDOWN

PLANS FOR CROYDON’S VIOLENCE REDUCTION NETWORK

Plans to reduce violence in the borough will go before Croydon council’s cabinet on Monday 10 June. Members will be asked to back plans for a public health approach to violence reduction that will treat serious youth violence, including knife crime, as a public health issue. The council’s Violence Reduction Network will work closely with … Continue reading PLANS FOR CROYDON’S VIOLENCE REDUCTION NETWORK

HOW TO ANSWER A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – LAMBETH’S OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FOR FOI CASEWORKERS: “All requests from members of the press must be shown to Press Office before they are dispatched.”

INTRODUCTION: Back in February 2017 News From Crystal Palace introduced readers to a 'spoof' Lambeth council Freedom of Information booklet titled "Fantastic Excuses and when to use them"(Please see: MOCK THE WEEK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAMBETH-STYLE February 24th 2017) which contains 'advice' to their Freedom of Information staff on how to 'deal' with FOI requests. … Continue reading HOW TO ANSWER A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – LAMBETH’S OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FOR FOI CASEWORKERS: “All requests from members of the press must be shown to Press Office before they are dispatched.”

OPINION: Lambeth’s official guidance says “All Freedom of Information responses must be published on the Disclosure Log”…..

News From Crystal Palace finds itself somewhat bemused by Lambeth council's Freedom of Information caseworkers guide. We currently have EIGHT separate appeals under the Freedom of Information Act being considered by the Information Commissioner's Office on a wide variety of subjects after Lambeth's FOI team refused to answer them. The appeals were lodged back in … Continue reading OPINION: Lambeth’s official guidance says “All Freedom of Information responses must be published on the Disclosure Log”…..

CENTRAL HILL ESTATE DISTURBANCES: TREES SET ALIGHT, EMPTY FLATS INVADED, PARTY NOISE UNTIL 10.30 am SATURDAY AND SUNDAY “Residents there are at the end of their tether and many cannot accept much more” – Councillor

UPDATE Cllr Elliott told News From Crystal Palace today (Wednesday): "There was more noise again last night until 3:30am. "I am pushing for more action." Meanwhile a London Fire Brigade spokeswoman told News From Crystal Palace: "We were called to bushes alight on Oakwood Drive at 1153 on Saturday. "The fire was under control by … Continue reading CENTRAL HILL ESTATE DISTURBANCES: TREES SET ALIGHT, EMPTY FLATS INVADED, PARTY NOISE UNTIL 10.30 am SATURDAY AND SUNDAY “Residents there are at the end of their tether and many cannot accept much more” – Councillor

FUNGUS IN A LAMBETH COUNCIL FLAT LEFT EMPTY FOR FOUR YEARS – HOUSING WAITING LIST CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?

A Green party councillor canvassing on the Fenwick estate at Clapham North found a woman tenant with rainwater running down the walls of her home. The issue only came to light after a party colleague who was also canvassing Willett House was confronted by the woman’s angry son who thought the canvasser was a Lambeth … Continue reading FUNGUS IN A LAMBETH COUNCIL FLAT LEFT EMPTY FOR FOUR YEARS – HOUSING WAITING LIST CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?

FUNGUSGATE: NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE’S QUESTIONS TO LAMBETH COUNCIL – AND THEIR RESPONSE

NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE PUT THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS TO LAMBETH COUNCIL’S PRESS OFFICE: Why was 9 Willett House left empty for so long? How many of the 20 flats in Willett House are currently empty? How many have been empty longer than six months? What compensation is Lambeth offering to the 86-year-old woman whose furniture … Continue reading FUNGUSGATE: NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE’S QUESTIONS TO LAMBETH COUNCIL – AND THEIR RESPONSE

FUNGUSGATE: LABOUR MP’s THANKS TO GREEN PARTY COUNCILLOR / LAMBETH QUIZZED ON PROPERTIES EMPTY LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS

Kate Hoey‏Verified account @KateHoeyMP May 10 Retweeted Pete Elliott Thanks @pete556 for pursuing this. Hope there are not more properties left empty for 4 years  ♻Michael J Keane  ♻‏ @KeaneMJ May 9 Replying to @pete556 @lambeth_council and 3 others What is wrong with councils that they can't do basic property maintenance? Perhaps they need an incentive - stop them building new buildings until they … Continue reading FUNGUSGATE: LABOUR MP’s THANKS TO GREEN PARTY COUNCILLOR / LAMBETH QUIZZED ON PROPERTIES EMPTY LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS

FUNGUSGATE: BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS

Green party Cllr Pete Elliott was out canvassing on the Fenwick estate in Clapham North  when he heard a commotion involving a colleague on the ground floor - and went to investigate. What he found was far more than an altercation involving an angry son who thought Cllr Elliott's colleague was a Lambeth council employee........ … Continue reading FUNGUSGATE: BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS