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  • 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.

  • The boarded up Streatham Police Station replacement base
    Article: Feb 18, 2014

    A row has erupted as local Lib Dem councillors have revealed hundreds of thousands of pounds being wasted on derelict premises by London mayor Boris Johnson's police authority.

    MOPAC - The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime - has revealed via Questions to the Mayor that the same organisation that wants to shut Streatham Police Station and sell it off to save money is expected to have squandered £830,000 on securing an alternative High Road site that they do not even own.

    MOPAC acquired a lease on a shop in 2006 on Streatham High Road This site was supposed to provide a front counter police presence during daytime business hours and a deployment base for police community support officers. The shop is believed to have had structural problems and has remained boarded up ever since.

    The cost of rent since 2006 amounts to approximately £130,000, £200,000 has been spent on the building to date, and a further £500,000 has been earmarked to bring the building back into use.

    Local Lib Dem councillors are furious that a huge amount of public money has been wasted by the body that is supposed to be saving money to put into frontline services.

    The half-baked plan enacted under Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone appears to have continued under Tory Boris Johnson's regime. Lib Dem councillors are calling for the plan to be scrapped and a major investigation undertaken into this waste of public resources.

    Cllr Brian Palmer, Lib Dem Elected Member for St Leonard's ward said: "If the best part of a million pounds had been spent on refurbishing the iconic original police station frontage building in Streatham High Road it would not only probably perform the function perfectly well but they would still own it and not have to shell out £18,500 a year for ever in rent."

    Cllr Palmer added: "This is a shocking waste of money by MOPAC's Estate Department which is charged with making savings not squandering valuable resources. They could easily renovate the current front building and develop the larger vacant suite of buildings and car park behind."

    "Not only is this a shocking waste of money, the dismal sight of this boarded up shop has been a terrible blight on the High Road for years."

    The derelict shop at 326 Streatham High Road, formerly occupied by FADS decorating store, is close to the junction of Streatham High Road with Gleneagle Road.

    The information about the expenditure on the derelict police base in Streatham was revealed in a series of questions put to the Mayor by Lib Dem group leader on the London Assembly Caroline Pidgeon.

  • Ashley Lumsden and Jeremy Clyne meet the Streatham Hill Crime Wardens
    Article: Feb 17, 2014

    What is it with Labour and policing? They're all over the (cop) shop about policing and crime.

    Labour lost no time in cutting the popular Council Crime Wardens, which the Lib Dems introduced, when Labour got back into power in 2006. Despite protests from the Police that the wardens were a really useful interface with local residents and providers of intelligence that the public might not readily give to the police themselves, Labour scrapped the lot.

  • Clapham Common
    Article: Feb 12, 2014

    Lambeth's Licensing Committee agreed by majority verdict to grant a three-day long mega-concert on Clapham Common over the weekend of 27-29th June 2014.

    Objections from local residents, local amenity groups, councillors and even the local MP were ignored. The event being held just after the local elections on 22nd May will be the largest ever held on Clapham Common and gave rise to serious concerns for public safety as well as noise, disruption, damage to the Common, and the potential for increased incidents of drunken and rowdy behaviour.



Caroline Pidgeon