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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.

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    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

  • 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.

  • 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."

Caroline Pidgeon