OPPOSITION COUNCILLORS BACK CRESSINGHAM RESIDENTS: “”We need to devolve power to communities” – Tim Briggs / “High time council stopped standing in residents way” – Jon Bartley

Opposition councillors on Lambeth are backing people living on the Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill after the Government gave the go-ahead for a residents takeover ballot. Clklr Tim Briggs, the only blue on the council, told News From Crystal Palace: "Ever since 2014 I have been trying to get Labour councillors to understand that … Continue reading OPPOSITION COUNCILLORS BACK CRESSINGHAM RESIDENTS: “”We need to devolve power to communities” – Tim Briggs / “High time council stopped standing in residents way” – Jon Bartley

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CRESSINGHAM GARDENS SENSATION!: Government gives go-ahead to residents estate takeover ballot – death knell for Homes for Lambeth?

Government minister Kit Malthouse has given the go-ahead to the first move in a process which will see residents on the Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill - which Lambeth council want to demolish as part of their highly controversial Homes for Lambeth plan - get to vote on them taking over the estate.   Acting … Continue reading CRESSINGHAM GARDENS SENSATION!: Government gives go-ahead to residents estate takeover ballot – death knell for Homes for Lambeth?

LAMBETH AUSTERITY 3 – COUNCIL TO LOAN THE OLD VIC £3.75 MILLION? (‘Neither a borrower or a lender be’?) / and THE CASE OF THE DELAYED DECISION (‘A plague on both your houses’?)

Austerity-hit Lambeth council are set to give the historic Old Vic theatre a loan of £3.75 million. A report in the Evening Standard headlined 'Old Vic Theatre to partner up with Lambeth and Southwark councils to fund new education centre' by Robert Dex four days ago said the councils would be lending money to the … Continue reading LAMBETH AUSTERITY 3 – COUNCIL TO LOAN THE OLD VIC £3.75 MILLION? (‘Neither a borrower or a lender be’?) / and THE CASE OF THE DELAYED DECISION (‘A plague on both your houses’?)

COUNCIL STAGE SECRETIVE ‘RESIDENTS ONLY’ MEETING FOR CENTRAL HILL ESTATE TONIGHT (but has everyone living there had an invit yet?) Separate Fenwick estate ‘open day’ this Saturday

A 'residents only' meeting for people living on the demolition-threatened Central Hill estate, Crystal Palace is being held this evening (Wednesday) - but some people living on the estate have yet to receive an invitation. The invitation to the meeting says officers from Homes for Lambeth - the company set up by the council to demolish … Continue reading COUNCIL STAGE SECRETIVE ‘RESIDENTS ONLY’ MEETING FOR CENTRAL HILL ESTATE TONIGHT (but has everyone living there had an invit yet?) Separate Fenwick estate ‘open day’ this Saturday

HOMES FOR LAMBETH SUPREMO BENNETT GETS A BATTERING (much of it from other Labour councillors)

Homes for Lambeth supremo Cllr Matthew Bennett took an absolute battering - much of it from other Labour councillors - at Thursday night's meeting of Lambeth council's overview and scrutiny committee. The committee voted for a whole series of recommendations aimed at scrutinising what is going on within the highly controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme … Continue reading HOMES FOR LAMBETH SUPREMO BENNETT GETS A BATTERING (much of it from other Labour councillors)

FROM THE GALLERY: “HOW WE CHOOSE TO ENGAGE DOESN’T CHANGE THE MARKET. “IT WILL ENABLE US TO TURN OUR POLITICAL WILL INTO REALITY” – Bennett

Cllr Matthew Bennett walked into Thursday night's meeting of Lambeth council's overview and scrutiny committee seemingly unaware someone had completely re-written the script for the evening. A report by officers on the highly controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' scheme to members of the committee asked them to 'note' the report before them and make recommendations. And … Continue reading FROM THE GALLERY: “HOW WE CHOOSE TO ENGAGE DOESN’T CHANGE THE MARKET. “IT WILL ENABLE US TO TURN OUR POLITICAL WILL INTO REALITY” – Bennett

FIRST SITE ON CENTRAL HILL TO BE DEVELOPED ANNOUNCED- NO BALLOT ON DEMOLITION, CLLR BENNETT? (There’s only 63 homes empty on the estate at the moment)

The identity of the first site on Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace to be developed - despite no ballot on demolishing the estate having been carried out - has been revealed by Cllr Bennett. Telling the overview and scrutiny committee: "We are completely committed to all of these large schemes" he said there would … Continue reading FIRST SITE ON CENTRAL HILL TO BE DEVELOPED ANNOUNCED- NO BALLOT ON DEMOLITION, CLLR BENNETT? (There’s only 63 homes empty on the estate at the moment)

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

LAMBETH WANT TO BORROW EVEN MORE MILLIONS TO BUY BACK PEOPLE’S HOMES ON ESTATES THEY WANT TO DEMOLISH – WITH MORE TO COME

Lambeth council want to borrow even more millions to fund buying back properties on six council estates they want to demolish. The latest request - for £10 million - is for purchasing properties on regeneration estates as the previously allocated funding has largely been exhausted, says a council report. "Further funding will be requested in … Continue reading LAMBETH WANT TO BORROW EVEN MORE MILLIONS TO BUY BACK PEOPLE’S HOMES ON ESTATES THEY WANT TO DEMOLISH – WITH MORE TO COME

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: ESTATES DEMOLITIONS / BUYBACK FUNDING

Estate Regeneration – Early Buy-back Funding April 2019 Purpose: To approve funding for early buy backs of leasehold properties for estate regeneration. Decision: To allocate £10m of funding, supported by borrowing, to fund the pipeline of early buy-backs as part of the estate regeneration programme. To continue to allocate Housing Zone Grant monies for residential … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: ESTATES DEMOLITIONS / BUYBACK FUNDING