OPINION: “People living on estates in other parts of London will now get the chance to ballot / vote to save their homes and the people in Lambeth don’t.”

GLA member Sian Berry visiting Central Hill estate, Crystal Palace which Lambeth Labour councillors want to demolish So Lambeth council apparently get to ignore having a ballot of residents on demolishing five - and probably - six of their estates because of what the Mayor of London says? Let's be blunt: This is going to … Continue reading OPINION: “People living on estates in other parts of London will now get the chance to ballot / vote to save their homes and the people in Lambeth don’t.”

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CONSULTATION PAPER: THE QUESTIONS

The questions in the consultation paper are as follows: Question 1: Do you agree that the GLA should make resident ballots a funding condition for estate regeneration schemes? Question 2: Do you agree with the proposed criteria that would trigger the requirement for a resident ballot? Why/why not? Question 3: Do you agree with the … Continue reading CONSULTATION PAPER: THE QUESTIONS

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: CONSULTATION PAPER ON ESTATES DEMOLITION…..

TOM COPLEY, LABOUR LONDON ASSEMBLY MEMBER A press release from London Assembly Labour headed "Balloting residents on estate regeneration 'Strongly welcome' - Tom Copley AM" was issued at around 9.30 this morning (Friday). In the release Mr Copley, a Labour Londonwide Assembly member says: “Estate residents are generally the only group of people who face … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: CONSULTATION PAPER ON ESTATES DEMOLITION…..

….AND PLANET LAMBETH’S COMPLETELY DIFFERENT VIEW OF IT ALL…..

This is the following statement from Lambeth council (aka Planet Lambeth) published today on their Love Lambeth website: Statement on the Mayor’s ‘Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration’ 2 February 2018 Written by: Lambeth Council Lambeth council has welcomed the Mayor’s ‘Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration’ which reflects his ongoing commitment to delivering more … Continue reading ….AND PLANET LAMBETH’S COMPLETELY DIFFERENT VIEW OF IT ALL…..

“AN AFFRONT TO DEMOCRACY” – Lambeth council’s Labour leader (and 70 others) slam party’s national executive

Lambeth's Labour council leader Cllr Lib Peck - along with 70 other leaders of Labour-controlled councils across the country - have slammed the party's national executive telling them they have "no right or justification to interfere in or influence the legitimate actions of locally elected representatives. "Such actions are not just outside of the party’s … Continue reading “AN AFFRONT TO DEMOCRACY” – Lambeth council’s Labour leader (and 70 others) slam party’s national executive

TOWER BLOCKS ON DEMOLISHED ESTATES “ONLY WAY TO GET 50 PER CENT  AFFORDABLE HOMES” SAYS CAMPAIGNER – but council cabinet approve their Homes for Lambeth plans anyway

The only way Lambeth council can achieve 50 per cent of "affordable homes" on estates it wants to demolish under its controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' plans  is by building tower blocks on them, says a campaigner.   As News From Crystal Palace has previously reported, Lambeth council are set to lend up to £600 million … Continue reading TOWER BLOCKS ON DEMOLISHED ESTATES “ONLY WAY TO GET 50 PER CENT  AFFORDABLE HOMES” SAYS CAMPAIGNER – but council cabinet approve their Homes for Lambeth plans anyway

LAMBETH TORY OPPOSITION LEADER BACKS CORBYN (over ballots for people whose homes face demolition) 

Lambeth's Conservative opposition leader is backing Labour's national leader Jeremy Corbyn, he told Monday night's cabinet meeting. "Jeremy Corbyn said there should be ballots before any development scheme takes place. "I agree with him" Cllr Tim Briggs told the meeting at Lambeth town hall. Cllr Briggs said there was no need for Homes for Lambeth. … Continue reading LAMBETH TORY OPPOSITION LEADER BACKS CORBYN (over ballots for people whose homes face demolition) 

HOMES FOR LAMBETH – THE VIEW FROM THE COUNCIL AND ITS OFFICERS – “Homes for Lambeth  is not like other council’s approaches. “It’s not a private developer – it’s 100 per cent owned by the council and accountable to the council.”

Cabinet were being asked to agree the Homes for Lambeth business plan for 2018-19, Cllr Paul McGlone, deputy leader of the council (investment and partnerships) told the meeting.   Subsequent years would see an annual business plan. "The key political message is it drives forward the ambition of this Labour administration to build 1,000 new … Continue reading HOMES FOR LAMBETH – THE VIEW FROM THE COUNCIL AND ITS OFFICERS – “Homes for Lambeth  is not like other council’s approaches. “It’s not a private developer – it’s 100 per cent owned by the council and accountable to the council.”

LAMBETHWATCH – VIEW FROM THE GALLERY Lambeth council cabinet meeting

Supreme Leader Lib  Peck put her own interpretation on what had been said - asking those questions she wanted answered - and ignoring those she wasn't going to touch with the proverbial bargepole.   In her view there was the assessment rent risk, Gerlinde Gnioewosz talking about planning permissions and planning applications and discrepancies. SO: … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – VIEW FROM THE GALLERY Lambeth council cabinet meeting

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