BAH, HUMBUG! – TWO Cllr Matthew Bennett asks for ‘More’ to help Homes for Lambeth – but is it £5 million or £10 million?…..

Lambeth council's 'new homes' supremo Cllr Matthew Bennett is asking for MORE this Christmas - Millions of pounds more for the highly controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme. He 's asking for £10 million more - or possibly £5 million more (it's not quite clear) - in the "delegated decision" he issued on Friday on the … Continue reading BAH, HUMBUG! – TWO Cllr Matthew Bennett asks for ‘More’ to help Homes for Lambeth – but is it £5 million or £10 million?…..

OPINION: HARD TIMES AT HOMES FOR LAMBETH? OR ARE THEY JUST IN A BLEAK HOUSE?……..

The story so far: Lambeth council want to demolish six estates across the borough as part of their highly controversial Homes for Lambeth plans. The six estates are Central Hill in Crystal Palace. Cressingham Gardens at Tulse Hill; Fenwick, Knights Walk, South Lambeth and Westbury. As we highlight in a separate story, BAH, HUMBUG! – … Continue reading OPINION: HARD TIMES AT HOMES FOR LAMBETH? OR ARE THEY JUST IN A BLEAK HOUSE?……..

PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH’S RESPONSE TO THAT INTERVIEW (and we don’t mean Prince Andrew’s!) / JON BARTLEY REPLIES TO CLLR TIM BRIGGS ARTICLE

People's Audit Lambeth have issued the following response to comments by Lambeth council leader Cllr Jack Hopkins after News From Crystal Palace's written question-and-answer interview with him: We note with interest Cllr Jack Hopkins’ comments about the People’s Audit in the article in News from Crystal Palace dated 22nd November 2019 (https://newsfromcrystalpalace.wordpress.com/2019/11/22/news-from-crystal-palace- interviews-lambeth-council-leader-jack-hopkins-exclusive/ ). Cllr … Continue reading PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH’S RESPONSE TO THAT INTERVIEW (and we don’t mean Prince Andrew’s!) / JON BARTLEY REPLIES TO CLLR TIM BRIGGS ARTICLE

SOCIAL MEDIA PRAISE FOR PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH’S HOUSING REPORT

Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit Oct 22 £10.65m in cash in lieu of affordable housing included in 'Section 106' agreements negotiated by Lambeth in  financial year 2018/19. #HousingCrisis https://lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/section-106-planning-obligations-monitoring-reports … SOCIAL MEDIA PRAISE FOR PEOPLE'S AUDIT LAMBETH'S HOUSING REPORT Save Cressingham‏ @SaveCressingham Replying to @cllr_andywilson @PeoplesAudit @BellRibeiroAddy @cllr_andywilson What about the “few” forced to live in BnBs and temporary accommodation because you sold off … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA PRAISE FOR PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH’S HOUSING REPORT

LAMBETHWATCH – CHIEF EXECUTIVE WILL DECIDE ON DISPUTED AMENDMENTS TO COUNCIL MOTIONS IN FUTURE Jon Bartley’s arresting experience….Questions on land sales….Chess club moves back to Carnegie….

Lambeth's chief executive Andrew Travers will decide on disputed amendments to council motions in future. Cllr Tim Briggs - the only blue on the council - who was back at last week's full council meeting following his self-imposed exile because of a row on amendments -tells News From Crystal Palace: "The Chief Executive has promised … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – CHIEF EXECUTIVE WILL DECIDE ON DISPUTED AMENDMENTS TO COUNCIL MOTIONS IN FUTURE Jon Bartley’s arresting experience….Questions on land sales….Chess club moves back to Carnegie….

“HUGE SELL-OFF OF COUNCIL HOUSING BY LAMBETH” SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT “Money from sales did not always go on housing, most went on schools and resurfacing roads and pavements” – More than £1.5 million spent on staff and legal fees to implement

Lambeth council sold off more than 300 homes in seven years, says a new report from  People's Audit.  The sales, from 2010/11 to 2017/18, are in addition to nearly 600 properties already sold off in the ten years to 2010 - and do NOT include properties bought by council tenants under Right-To-Buy. Using Land Registry … Continue reading “HUGE SELL-OFF OF COUNCIL HOUSING BY LAMBETH” SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT “Money from sales did not always go on housing, most went on schools and resurfacing roads and pavements” – More than £1.5 million spent on staff and legal fees to implement

OPINION: FULL ‘ROOT AND BRANCH’ INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO ALL THE ISSUES PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH HAVE RAISED

The chronicle of issues raised in Peoples Audit Lambeth's latest report on Lambeth council occurred long before the arrival of Andrew Travers as chief executive, and before Cllr Jack Hopkins took over as council leader earlier this year. The first People's Audit Lambeth report was dismissed as a "pack of lies" by one of the … Continue reading OPINION: FULL ‘ROOT AND BRANCH’ INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO ALL THE ISSUES PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH HAVE RAISED

“During our investigations we were surprised to find Lambeth own houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell and Frome. Some of these had stood derelict for several years.” (Plus: Why Lambeth spent £120,000 on enquiries to the Land Registry: “There is a reasonable expectation of identifying sites we didn’t know we owned”)

Investigations by People's Audit Lambeth also found the council owned houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell (possibly Oxford - Ed.)  and Frome (Somerset). "Some of these had stood derelict for several years" says the report. Under the heading 'Lambeth's Asset Register' People's Audit Lambeth say: "All organisations should keep an asset … Continue reading “During our investigations we were surprised to find Lambeth own houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell and Frome. Some of these had stood derelict for several years.” (Plus: Why Lambeth spent £120,000 on enquiries to the Land Registry: “There is a reasonable expectation of identifying sites we didn’t know we owned”)

THE SALE OF RANGER MANSIONS IN JASPER ROAD – WHERE LAMBETH SETTLED FOR £8,000 IN COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY INSTEAD OF THE £31,000 PLUS THEY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED – and the strange tale of Rushcroft Road, Brixton where 19 properties were refurbished at an average cost of £181,000 EACH

Lambeth council got just £8,000 in community infrastructure levy for the conversion of flats in Ranger Mansions, Jasper Road - instead of the £31,578 they should have received, says the People's Audit Lambeth report: Ranger Mansions This property in Jasper Road, Crystal Palace consisted of eight flats. A planning application was submitted by London Green … Continue reading THE SALE OF RANGER MANSIONS IN JASPER ROAD – WHERE LAMBETH SETTLED FOR £8,000 IN COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY INSTEAD OF THE £31,000 PLUS THEY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED – and the strange tale of Rushcroft Road, Brixton where 19 properties were refurbished at an average cost of £181,000 EACH

WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? Only a forensic audit on capital receipts would reveal the truth, say People’s Audit

"One question that is on many people’s lips is 'What happened to all the money?' say People's Audit Lambeth. "Others before us have tried and failed to get an answer to this question from Lambeth. In a BBC Inside Out programme in 2014 the then Lambeth council cabinet member for housing and regeneration, Pete Robbins, … Continue reading WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? Only a forensic audit on capital receipts would reveal the truth, say People’s Audit