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?

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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)

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