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    Article: Dec 5, 2014

    It really beggar's belief just how badly Labour politicians have treated Streatham residents by failing to argue a case for a tube extension.

    With 29,000 people travelling by bus to Brixton every morning from the south of the Borough, the improvements to journey times, congestion and air quality which could be achieved by a tube extension to Streatham are obvious.

    Yet Lambeth's Labour Council remains horizontal in complacency. In recent Council papers, they called their Lambeth Transport Plan, formed in 2011, "a comprehensive piece of work". Yet its words on a Streatham tube, "Lambeth will continue to lobby for improved underground links for the South of the borough as there would be a huge benefit to the Streatham/Norwood areas if this could be achieved" have proved hollow. It is difficult to know how they could "continue" to do something they never even started.

    Instead of backing a Streatham tube, Labour councillors voted specifically to endorse a Northern Line extension - mainly supported by Tory-controlled Wandsworth - to the new millionaire's quarter being built in Battersea. They did so despite express warnings from officials that "the extension…would preclude any alternative extension of the Northern Line to areas such as Brixton and/or Streatham."

    By contrast neighbouring Southwark and Lewisham have successfully lobbied for an extension to the Bakerloo Line to benefit their Boroughs. Not so the 59 Labour councillors on Lambeth Council. Has any one of them made a concerted effort for Streatham? Has the local Labour MP for Streatham lifted a finger?

    To add insult to injury, there's now there's chaos at Brixton Tube. 27.2 million entries and exits each year (based on 2013 figures) cause crowding and queues at the best of times and the situation is worse still while the station's creaking escalators are replaced between now and next summer. Travellers are being told to go elsewhere to relieve the crush. Clearly, a choice of stations going south of Brixton would relieve much of the pressure.

    Having led the successful campaign to save the much-needed cross-London Thameslink overground service through Streatham station, Lib Dems are determined to see Streatham on the tube map. But Lambeth's Labour Council still refuses to commit to any work on the project. They even voted down a Lib Dem motion calling on Lambeth to investigate the case for Crossrail 2 to serve the Borough. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

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    Article: Oct 16, 2014


    Lambeth Labour has finally conceded defeat by announcing it is to scrap Lambeth Living, its costly ALMO (Arms Length Management Organisation)

    Born into this world in secret after the 2006 local elections this white elephant is finally to be put out of its misery following the June 2014 local elections, despite nery a word spoken in public about it by Labour during the campaign. New Cabinet Member Matthew Bennett strenuously denied that such a prospect was even remotely on the cards even as he took office.

    Liberal Democrats vehemently opposed the creation of the ALMO in the first place. Labour politicians then set up a dodgy poll of tenants and leaseholders promising a whole raft of improvements and cost savings. They also told tenants that voting for the ALMO would guarantee heaps of money from a friendly Labour Government that would transform their dire living conditions. Even this was not persuasive to perceptive residents, more of whom voted "No" and "Don't Know" to setting the organisation up than voted "Yes". Yet Labour ignored that verdict and ploughed on. In the event, not one penny of the promised funds arrived until the Labour Government was ejected from office.

    The best news for Labour was that the ALMO they'd created meant none of their raft of elected councillors nor their run of expensive cabinet members had any direct responsibility to their tenants - still less to leaseholders - for the catalogue of housing disasters that ensued.

    The management of leasehold properties has been a disaster, with millions being lost through mismanagement and homeowners forced to pay through the nose through overpriced contracts, while tenants have suffered misery from a failing repair service. Lambeth LIving's first chair was even forced to resign after being arrested on fraud allegations and later convicted.

    After the 2010 general election, the new Coalition Government announced that Lambeth was to be awarded £100 million, the highest amount of Decent Homes cash in the UK. And the Government has made hundreds of millions more available to Lambeth by reforming housing finance. Labour then cynically claimed credit for these funds - refused to Lambeth over a decade from their Labour colleagues in Westminster - at the same time as attacking the very government which made them available.

    Meanwhile, local Lib Dems rejoiced with tenants when decades of neglect came to an end with the funds from central government, and a programme of estate improvements began in earnest. Yet even this has proved too much for Lambeth Living with councillors finding their inbox full of cases where works have been botched by the organisation's expensive contractors.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Elderly and vulnerable residents in three Streatham Sheltered Housing schemes are celebrating victory having overturned plans by the Labour-run council to demolish their homes after a vigorous campaign supported by local Liberal Democrats.

    Labour planned to evict the residents and demolish three sheltered housing units in Streatham as part of its plans to increase Extra Care facilities in Lambeth. Residents were furious that their communities were being sacrificed to provide a model of care that they did not want or need. Now Labour's Cabinet Member Cllr Jim Dickson says that the homes will not only be saved but upgraded and improved.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2014

    A dangerous and confusing green traffic signal in Streatham has been eliminated by quick action from local Lib Dems.

    The errant green signal is situated at the end of Ambleside Avenue in St Leonard's ward where traffic is directed in three directions and into three lanes. Traffic can go right into the St Leonard's one way system, use the centre lane for a dog-leg straight ahead phase into Garrads Road, or use the left-hand lane to turn left towards Tooting.

  • Alex Davies
    Article: May 26, 2014

    We have now had the results of our local elections in Lambeth. It's been a bruising time for Liberal Democrats here and across inner London.

    On behalf of all our candidates, I want to thank everyone who gave their time and energy to our campaign, and the thousands of residents who supported us. In many of our wards we ran Labour close, but there just weren't enough votes for us to win this time.

    Whether in good or bad times, I am struck by the great group of people we have to work with. We have a rich range of characters - talented strategists, empathetic advocates, insatiable optimists and firm realists. We hold in common a strong sense of obligation to our communities, and an extraordinary dedication to our campaigns. Together we are a formidable team which can and will once again be a formidable force in local elections here.

    In the meantime, thank you again to everyone for their support and commitment to our cause. I look forward to better days ahead for our Borough and for our Party.

    With all best wishes,

    Alex Davies
    Leader of the Lambeth Lib Dem Councillors for 2014

  • One canopy being dismantled behind Sternhold Avenue
    Article: May 20, 2014

    The report Lambeth didn't want you to know about

    An anonymous leak of findings by a Government planning inspector has led to the sensational discovery that all three contentious sidings canopies at the Streatham Hill railway depot could have been dismantled if Lambeth Council had not caved in.

    In the course of a 2010 public inquiry into the development the Council did a deal with Southern Rail to remove enforcement action against the overbearing depot development if the railway company agreed to remove one canopy, the one nearest residents' homes in Sternhold Avenue, Streatham Hill. Some 100 properties are affected.

  • Lib Dem logo
    Article: May 9, 2014

    Lambeth Liberal Democrats have a launched their manifesto for the 2014 Borough elections, setting out five key priorities:

    1. Upgrade street cleaning and making streets safer

    2. Create local jobs and apprenticeships

    3. Scrap Lambeth Living and secure more affordable housing

    4. Set up a Ward Investment Fund to be spent by Community Councils

  • Document: May 9, 2014
  • Article: Apr 29, 2014

    Recent news about smog and Saharan dust might have been treated light-heartedly by the media but the freak weather event on April 3rd caused an increase of 34% in calls to the London Ambulance service from people suffering from severe breathing difficulties. So it was no joke for many Londoners.

    The combination of rare meteorological factors had triggered the worst level on the capital's scale for air pollution and for many older citizens recalled memories of the London smogs they thought had been eradicated in the 1960s. This time it was a largely invisible menace - apart from some orange dust on cars - and nothing like the 'pea-soupers' beloved of old black and white movies.

  • Colette Thomas leads the Vassall Team
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Lambeth Liberal Democrats have announced a new team of candidates for Vassall Ward. By-election candidate Colette Thomas will lead the new ticket, with local campaigner Dominic Wyatt and Lindsay Avebury, the driving force behind the restoration of Myatts Field Park and former chair of Lambeth Parks and Green Spaces Forum.



Caroline Pidgeon