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  • Crossrail roundel
    Article: Apr 13, 2014

    Lambeth Labour councillors have blocked a move to bring Crossrail 2 to Streatham.

    Streatham Lib Dem councillors last month launched a campaign to bring the planned deep underground rail line to the south of the borough, which currently has no tube connection.

    But at a Town Hall Scrutiny meeting Labour councillors voted together to stop the Council even considering the idea. They voted down a motion tabled by Streatham Hill Lib Dem councillor Jeremy Clyne that the Council should undertake a feasibility study for a Streatham link.

    The new cross-London line will be a fast direct link to Victoria, the West End, Euston and the City. It is planned to go via Tooting - but Streatham has been missed out again.

    Transport for London are currently finalising the proposed route, and the case needs to be put urgently for a Streatham link. But Labour kicked the idea into the long grass.

    Labour Lambeth has already betrayed Streatham by backing Boris Johnson's Northern Line extension to Battersea. Local Lib Dems have been opposing his plan to divert the line from Kennington Station to serve people in new luxury flats at the power station, also in Wandsworth - there have been long-standing plans to run the line south to serve Streatham.

    The Crossrail 2 project gives Streatham another chance to get on the map with its first direct underground link to central London. There will be through trains into Surrey and north of London too. Currently Tooting Broadway, already on the Tube, will be included. But Streatham - less than a mile and a half off the planned route - is left out.

    "The first step is to get the Council to work up a business case for bringing Crossrail 2 here," said Streatham Wells councillor and Lib Dem group leader Alex Davies.
    "Lib Dems fought hard to keep our direct Thameslink overground rail service - and last year we won that battle. Now we have a chance to go even further to get Streatham on the map."
    "It is shameful that Lambeth Labour have blocked this idea. Bringing Crossrail 2 to Streatham would have a massive impact, promoting regeneration as well as providing for the area's expanding population and growing transport needs."

  • Article: Apr 1, 2014

    Lambeth is among several London Boroughs criticized for their lacklustre response to repairing potholes in borough roads.

    They have a huge backlog of road repairs. In a list compiled on the ITV website, Lambeth languishes in the London-wide league tables for repairs despite the Labour-run Council claiming to residents that they are spending more than ever.

  • Screen Grab
    Article: Mar 29, 2014
    This amazing screen grab from nineelmslondon.com suggests what Vauxhall might look like after Labour-run Lambeth Council and the developers have finally had their high-rise way with planning applications already approved or pending.
    We have voiced our concerns ever since Labour London Mayor Ken Livingstone first fired the starting gun on what later turned into an arms race by developers to build the tallest set of towers in South London.
  • Car is towed and the warden gets back in the tow truck
    Article: Mar 18, 2014

    A senior Government Minister named and shamed Labour-run Lambeth figures laid before Parliament, for the £17 million-worth of parking fines doled out by the self-styled "cooperative council".

    The official figures released exposes the south London council for having one of the highest revenue streams from squeezing motorists in the capital, despite Labour politicians claiming that the number of tickets issued has reduced.

  • Vauxhall Bus Station
    Article: Mar 18, 2014

    There's every sign that Labour is carrying-on regardless in a pact with TfL to obliterate Vauxhall's iconic and largely environmentally positive bus interchange. Under the plans, residents and commuters will be dispersed far and wide and told to fight it out with the traffic and the weather rather than board or disembark from buses in one place with easy and direct connections to the mainline station and Tube.

  • Comment Logo
    Article: Mar 6, 2014

    If we highlighted a story about some nasty Tory-run Council selling-off council housing stock to the tune of £200 million you'd probably be outraged but not surprised.

    However, that's exactly what Lambeth's Labour councillors will have achieved over a four year period with very little fuss and, what's more, they all seem rather proud of the fact.

  • Cllr Ashley Lumsden congratulates new Lambeth Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Alex Davies
    Article: Mar 5, 2014

    Lambeth Liberal Democrats have a new leader following the appointment of Cllr Ashley Lumsden to an important new role at Westminster. Cllr Lumsden, group leader for the past eight years, is to be special adviser to Business Secretary Vince Cable but will continue to represent Streatham Hill on Lambeth Council. His successor, elected unanimously by the Group, is Cllr Alex Davies, member for Streatham Wells and spokesperson on transport, public realm and road safety for the past three years.

  • Vauxhall Island Site
    Article: Mar 4, 2014

    Lambeth Council Leader Lib Peck apparently waded-in to reword and reject local Lib Dem Councillor Ishbel Brown's motion to January's Full Council to offer local residents and commuters the choice of the status quo in the promised consultation over the future of Vauxhall's iconic bus station.

    Local residents feel tricked and betrayed by the Labour leadership who have previously indicated that the landmark 21st Century transport interchange would feature in any discussions with Transport for London. A major row has now erupted since it became known that Lambeth has been involved in secret talks with TfL about removing both the gyratory system and its centrally-located bus station.

  • Lambeth rubber stamp
    Article: Mar 3, 2014


    The inalienable right for a locally elected councillor to refer a planning application to be heard in public by Lambeth's Planning Committee was swept aside by Labour's inbuilt majority at Full Council on Wednesday 26th February.

    Following the cut of public speaking time last August from 3 minutes to 2 to make PAC Hearings more efficient and streamlined - although with no similar cut for planning officers or their paid external experts - Labour councillors gladly signed-up to a new diktat preventing them from calling-in applications for the full committee to hear as of right.

  • Tories Waste Money on Luxury Cars
    Article: Feb 25, 2014

    Lambeth Labour have issued a budget so vague and woolly that it makes a dead sheep look positively dynamic.

    Running scared of the electorate Labour hopes to avoid taking the difficult decisions that have been piling-up like uncollected rubbish. All of which means that if they get back in power down at the Town Hall in May there will be some scarily lean years ahead.



Caroline Pidgeon