CENTRAL HILL ESTATE COMMUNITY “SMASHED TO PIECES”, LAMBETH’S CABINET TOLD

The community of Central Hill estate has been "smashed to pieces" Lambeth council's cabinet were told at their meeting on Monday afternoon. Nicola Curtis, who chairs the estate's residents association, says: Residents who remain (around 360 households) are no nearer decent homes than they were five years ago. Conditions on the estate are becoming so … Continue reading CENTRAL HILL ESTATE COMMUNITY “SMASHED TO PIECES”, LAMBETH’S CABINET TOLD

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HOMES FOR LAMBETH “BUSINESS PLAN” – CLLR ELLIOTT’S QUESTIONS TO CABINET MEMBER FOR NEW HOMES:

Green party Cllr Pete Elliott (Gipsy Hill) posed a long list of questions on the Homes for Lambeth business plan at Monday afternoon's cabinet meeting to Cllr Matthew Bennett (Lab, Gipsy Hill) who is Lambeth's cabinet member for planning, investment and new homes:  Question The business plan provides no visibility of the anticipated outcomes of … Continue reading HOMES FOR LAMBETH “BUSINESS PLAN” – CLLR ELLIOTT’S QUESTIONS TO CABINET MEMBER FOR NEW HOMES:

LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: 164 plus 13 = 159. (IT’S THE HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN)

Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit This is from the back of a fag packet Homes for #Lambeth business plan(sic). You would like to think that an organisation that will be spending £300M of public money could add up. But no. Tom Keene‏ @anthillsocialRetweeted Peoples Audit That's unbelievable - a company expected to run a capital budget of £1.6 billion … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: 164 plus 13 = 159. (IT’S THE HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN)

MP INTRODUCES BILL ON DEFINITION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING “In a wider political environment characterised by a lack of trust in politics, our planning system is part of the problem”

Helen Hayes (centre) at Southwark council's 'Fizz Free' launch MP Helen Hayes has introduced a bill in the House of Commons to define affordable  housing in relation to household incomes. The bill, which would also amend the law relating to land valuation and compensation, is set to get its second reading on Friday March 22nd … Continue reading MP INTRODUCES BILL ON DEFINITION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING “In a wider political environment characterised by a lack of trust in politics, our planning system is part of the problem”

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: HELEN HAYES SPEECH IN FULL

Planning (Affordable Housing and Land Compensation) Helen Hayes I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to define affordable housing in relation to household incomes; to amend the law relating to land valuation and compensation; and for connected purposes. Our post-war planning system is a framework for managing change in … Continue reading AFFORDABLE HOUSING: HELEN HAYES SPEECH IN FULL

CABINET SET TO GIVE GO-AHEAD TO HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN

The business plan for the highly controversial Homes for Lambeth estate demolitions schemes is set to get the go-ahead at Lambeth council's cabinet on Monday. A report to the cabinet says the reason for adopting a business plan is "to create an operating framework for the respective boards and a means by which the shareholder, … Continue reading CABINET SET TO GIVE GO-AHEAD TO HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN

OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH ONE: PIE IN THE SKY (as in ‘an unrealistically Utopian plan or project’)

The report to next Monday's Lambeth council cabinet meeting on Homes for Lambeth has more holes in it than the proverbial colander. Both the report, and the 'business plan' accompanying it, make various assumptions and leave a whole range of unanswered questions. THE REPORT TO CABINET: Finance 3.1 In agreeing this to the recommendations set … Continue reading OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH ONE: PIE IN THE SKY (as in ‘an unrealistically Utopian plan or project’)

OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH TWO – THE BUSINESS PLAN: THE RATEPAYERS WILL BAIL US OUT

On Monday Lambeth council's Labour cabinet meet to rubberstamp the business plan of their unwanted and highly controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme. Homes for Lambeth came about because the council claim they do not have the money to repair council estates in sought-after locations across the borough. But they can find £29 million to spend … Continue reading OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH TWO – THE BUSINESS PLAN: THE RATEPAYERS WILL BAIL US OUT

LAMBETH – THE CONSERVATIVE BUDGET:

"LABOUR LAMBETH DECREASES THE LIFE CHANCES AND LIVING STANDARDS OF ITS RESIDENTS" ENDING EXCESSIVE PAYMENTS TO LABOUR COUNCILLORS REDUCING COUNCIL TAX BY ONE PER CENT SAVING LAMBETH'S LIBRARIES: LABOUR'S "IDEOLOGICAL WAR AGAINST LOCAL PEOPLE" COMMUNICATIONS - ENDING THE SPIN (COST: £3.1 MILLION LAST YEAR) REPAIRING OUR HOMES PROPERLY (LEASEHOLDERS BEING RIPPED OFF) ESTATE DEMOLITIONS: PROPER … Continue reading LAMBETH – THE CONSERVATIVE BUDGET:

OPPOSITION LEADER WARNS ON RECKLESS ESTATE DEMOLITION PROGRAMME “If the property market goes belly up, so will Lambeth council” says Jon Bartley – as he highlights Labour’s broken promises and a failure to engage 

Lambeth opposition leader Cllr Jon Bartley highlighted the broken promises and a failure to engage by the Labour administration during the latest full council meeting. Cllr Bartley had begun by congratulating council leader Cllr Lib Peck on her new job - but said it was  "disappointing" that the leader announced she was leaving, on Twitter, before council officers … Continue reading OPPOSITION LEADER WARNS ON RECKLESS ESTATE DEMOLITION PROGRAMME “If the property market goes belly up, so will Lambeth council” says Jon Bartley – as he highlights Labour’s broken promises and a failure to engage