LAMBETH COUNCIL SET TO LEND UP TO £600 MILLION TO NEW HOUSING COMPANY – “It may well be that by lending to Homes for Lambeth, the council is limited in the amount of borrowing it can undertake for other projects” – report

Lambeth council are set to lend up to £600 million to a housing company which has just been formed - after borrowing the funds from elsewhere. The new council-owned house building and management company - generically known as Homes for Lambeth but now using four different names - will have DEBTS of £165 MILLION by … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL SET TO LEND UP TO £600 MILLION TO NEW HOUSING COMPANY – “It may well be that by lending to Homes for Lambeth, the council is limited in the amount of borrowing it can undertake for other projects” – report

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OPINION – HOMES FOR LAMBETH: CARILLION Mk II?

Homes for Lambeth is a financial disaster waiting to happen. A council which says it has NO money to repair homes on six council estates they want to demolish, NO money to run libraries NOW decides its going to BORROW LOADSAMONEY to lend to a new company it's just set up. It sounds like a … Continue reading OPINION – HOMES FOR LAMBETH: CARILLION Mk II?

LAMBETHWATCH: QUESTIONS NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE WOULD LIKE LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO ASK IN LAMBETH COUNCIL MEETINGS (but they won’t)

Welcome to a new column in Lambethwatch - Questions News From Crystal Palace would like Labour councilors to ask at full meetings of Lambeth council (but they won't). ONE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS Question by: Any of the three Labour councilors 'representing' Tulse Hill ward which includes Cressingham Gardens estate To: Cabinet member for housing and environment … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: QUESTIONS NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE WOULD LIKE LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO ASK IN LAMBETH COUNCIL MEETINGS (but they won’t)

“BALLOT RESIDENTS ON ESTATE DEMOLITION” GLA MEMBERS TELL SADIQ KHAN IN UNANIMOUS VOTE – Move could save Central Hill and five other estates in Lambeth

Members of the Greater London Assembly have voted UNANIMOUSLY to ensure ballots are made of all residents whose homes are affected by proposed demolition. That would mean people living on the Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace and five other estates across Lambeth - which the Labour-dominated borough council want to demolish despite huge protests … Continue reading “BALLOT RESIDENTS ON ESTATE DEMOLITION” GLA MEMBERS TELL SADIQ KHAN IN UNANIMOUS VOTE – Move could save Central Hill and five other estates in Lambeth

‘HOMES FOR LAMBETH’ SENSATION – BUYBACKS WILL COST ALMOST £100 MILLION AND POSSIBLY DOUBLE – FUNDS AVAILABLE TO REPAIR BOUGHT HOMES (BUT NO MONEY TO REPAIR TENANTS HOMES ON THE SAME ESTATES) – AGENTS TO TAKE A CUT OF PAID RENTS BEFORE PAYING HOMES FOR LAMBETH – NEW £19 MILLION LOAN BID TO BE SIGNED OFF WITHOUT FULL COUNCIL APPROVAL

Lambeth council's bill for buying up properties on six council estates they want to demolish under their hugely controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme could cost almost £100 million - and possibly double that amount. The figures come in a report to the council's cabinet which seeks a £19.7 million loan request from the Public Works … Continue reading ‘HOMES FOR LAMBETH’ SENSATION – BUYBACKS WILL COST ALMOST £100 MILLION AND POSSIBLY DOUBLE – FUNDS AVAILABLE TO REPAIR BOUGHT HOMES (BUT NO MONEY TO REPAIR TENANTS HOMES ON THE SAME ESTATES) – AGENTS TO TAKE A CUT OF PAID RENTS BEFORE PAYING HOMES FOR LAMBETH – NEW £19 MILLION LOAN BID TO BE SIGNED OFF WITHOUT FULL COUNCIL APPROVAL

STANDING UP TO LAMBETH – AGAIN

Last year (October 8), 250 people demonstrated in Lambeth under the banner STAND UP TO LAMBETH COUNCIL to protest against the Labour council’s failure to act in residents’ interests. They represented community groups from all over the borough. The council didn’t listen. SO THEY ARE DOING IT AGAIN! on SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 they will gather … Continue reading STANDING UP TO LAMBETH – AGAIN

LAMBETHWATCH – FAKE NEWS FROM LAMBETH LABOUR? / DIARY DATES

“Phylis” – this photograph by Mark Aitken of a Cressingham Gardens resident whose home is threatened by Lambeth council’s hugely controversial demolition plans has won first prize in the 21st National Open Art Photography competition. FAKE NEWS FROM LAMBETH LABOUR? Herne Hill ward Labour Cllr Jim Dickson Tweeted:  Out talking to #HerneHill residents with a great @DaWNLabour … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – FAKE NEWS FROM LAMBETH LABOUR? / DIARY DATES

LAMBETHWATCH: RESIDENTS DEMAND BALLOT ON CRESSINGHAM DEMOLITION

Ballot Us! Residents are demanding that Lambeth council and other councils around the country, give residents a binding ballot as to whether they want their estates regenerated (ie demolished) or not. At the Labour Party conference a motion was passed calling for “full binding ballot rights for estate residents in any ongoing and future regeneration … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: RESIDENTS DEMAND BALLOT ON CRESSINGHAM DEMOLITION

LAMBETH IN FRESH HOUSING SCANDALS

Lambeth council have scrapped their tenants and leaseholders councils replacing them with a “Residents Assembly” where LAMBETH decide who represents tenants and leaseholders on new area boards; Similar accusations surround a residents project group being set up on Central Hill estate with potential members apparently being hand-picked by Lambeth - who have banned private tenants … Continue reading LAMBETH IN FRESH HOUSING SCANDALS

HOUSING SCANDAL THREE: “FOI REQUESTS SHOW HOMES FOR LAMBETH PLANS WILL MEAN JUST 16 EXTRA SOCIAL RENT HOMES ON CRESSINGHAM GARDENS” SAY CAMPAIGNERS (But Lambeth say different)

Campaigners say Freedom of Information requests show Homes for Lambeth plans will mean JUST 16 extra social rent homes on Cressingham Gardens estate near Brockwell park (but Lambeth say different). Similar situations will also exist on both the Central Hill and Westbury estates which Lambeth council also want to demolish as part of their Homes … Continue reading HOUSING SCANDAL THREE: “FOI REQUESTS SHOW HOMES FOR LAMBETH PLANS WILL MEAN JUST 16 EXTRA SOCIAL RENT HOMES ON CRESSINGHAM GARDENS” SAY CAMPAIGNERS (But Lambeth say different)