ESTATES VOTING SCANDAL: Residents set to start vigil outside City Hall

Residents of Lambeth estates threatened with demolition are set to start a daily vigil outside City Hall until Mayor of London Sadiq Khan agrees to meet them. The vigil will begin on Saturday November 3rd after a major rally organised by Homes for All and Defend Council Housing. As News From Crystal Palace reported in March: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan … Continue reading ESTATES VOTING SCANDAL: Residents set to start vigil outside City Hall

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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

REVEALED – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL DON’T PROSECUTE THEMSELVES FOR NOT DOING HOUSING REPAIRS: THEY CAN’T. (But if you’re a council tenant you can take them to court…)

The report which highlights the issues surrounding rogue landlords in Lambeth (please see accompanying article) also states: Council Tenants.   We have no formal powers to deal with council-owned dwellings. Complaints relating to the council’s own stock are redirected to the appropriate housing management team. We will investigate complaints relating to conditions in former council–owned … Continue reading REVEALED – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL DON’T PROSECUTE THEMSELVES FOR NOT DOING HOUSING REPAIRS: THEY CAN’T. (But if you’re a council tenant you can take them to court…)

LAMBETHWATCH: ESTATES DEMOLITIONS 

JUST FANCY THAT: Consultation scepticism: An opinion or feeling that was frequently raised and expressed strongly, particularly from those who have been part of regeneration processes, was a high degree of scepticism when it comes to consultation processes. "Many said their experience was akin to a ‘tick-box’ exercise and their opinions and views not listened … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: ESTATES DEMOLITIONS 

OPINION – NEWS FROM PLANET LAMBETH THREE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS “COME ALONG FOR AFTERNOON TEA”

NEWS FROM PLANET LAMBETH THREE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS The resident engagement team (or demolition team) knocking on doors on the Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill have issued an online newsletter which is so crass and so insensitive it beggars belief:  Cressingham Newsletter July - August 2018 Jul 25, 2018 DOOR KNOCKING The Resident Engagement Team … Continue reading OPINION – NEWS FROM PLANET LAMBETH THREE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS “COME ALONG FOR AFTERNOON TEA”

LAMBETHWATCH: FOI QUESTIONS UNANSWERED PART TWO*

CRESSINGHAM GARDENS - RENTAL INCOME Tom Keene 5 January 2018 Dear HM FOI, Can you please explain why this FOI request: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c... States that for Cressingham Gardens in financial year 2012/2013: Rental income = £1,196,818 Service Charge income = £57,915.40 Yet this (1060969) FOI request states that for 2012/13: Rental income = £443,295 Service charge … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: FOI QUESTIONS UNANSWERED PART TWO*

LAMBETHWATCH FOI QUESTIONS ANSWERED: 

VOID PROPERTIES ON COUNCIL ESTATES  Lambeth council have answered some Freedom of Information questions sent to them by News From Crystal Palace - Your requests and our response dated June 20th 2018: How many void properties currently exist on Westbury Estate 3. How many void properties currently exist on South Lambeth Estate 9. How many … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FOI QUESTIONS ANSWERED: 

ESTATE DEMOLITIONS: “VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DON’T WANT THEIR HOMES DEMOLISHED” – Cllr Pete Elliott

The overwhelming majority of people on estates chosen for demolition do not want their homes demolished, Gipsy Hill ward Cllr Pete Elliott told last night's full meeting of Lambeth council. "Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan and local Labour groups have all declared support for ballots so this really should not be controversial. "I hope this will … Continue reading ESTATE DEMOLITIONS: “VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DON’T WANT THEIR HOMES DEMOLISHED” – Cllr Pete Elliott

ESTATE DEMOLITIONS: “I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE SHAKING YOUR HEAD CLLR BENNETT. “IT’S YOUR CONSULTATION AND IT’S RUBBISH” – Cllr Tim Briggs

The survey undertaken on Central Hill on estate demolition was not a proper consultation, Conservative Cllr Tim briggs told the council meeting. Cllr Briggs had begun by telling the meeting: "I'm sure residents must be bowled over by the leadership of Matthew Bennett on repairs. "There's a lot of talk about the consultation. "New evidence … Continue reading ESTATE DEMOLITIONS: “I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE SHAKING YOUR HEAD CLLR BENNETT. “IT’S YOUR CONSULTATION AND IT’S RUBBISH” – Cllr Tim Briggs

MORE THAN 1,350 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION TO LAMBETH DEMANDING BALLOTS ON ESTATE DEMOLITIONS

More than 1,350 people* have signed a petition to Lambeth's Labour-dominated council calling for ballots on their highly controversial plans to demolish Central Hill estate, Crystal Palace; Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill and Fenwick estate, Clapham North. The petition - started by Becki Newell, Green party candidate for Gipsy Hill ward in May's Lambeth … Continue reading MORE THAN 1,350 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION TO LAMBETH DEMANDING BALLOTS ON ESTATE DEMOLITIONS