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  • 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.

  • Keybridge House, Vauxhall (Copyright Google 2013)
    Article: Feb 7, 2014

    It must be party time at BT HQ after controversial plans to develop unlovely Keybridge House in the South Lambeth Road were steam-rollered through by the Labour-dominated Lambeth Planning Committee.

    BT has no interest itself in developing the site. They sought planning approval from Lambeth which may well boost the site value and maximise their profits.

  • Tow Truck Hovers as Lambeth Parking Warden Writes out Ticket
    Article: Jan 29, 2014

    The Government has said that it will now investigate how Lambeth operates its parking contract following a TV expose' by the BBC Inside Out programme.

    The programme looked at how three London Councils - Lambeth, Bromley and Hackney - operated their contracts which appeared to show that targets were being employed which are strictly against statutory guidance given to Local Authorities by Government. Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis has now launched a probe into the allegations.

  • Tories Waste Money on Luxury Cars
    Article: Jan 22, 2014

    Labour Lambeth has been revealed to be among worst in UK for Council Tax Debt.

    Only Lambeth's relatively high population saved it from being one of the worst Councils per capita in the UK for uncollected Council Tax in 2013. As it is, it ranks third in London, and only Liverpool outside London has a higher figure of money owed.

  • Amna Ahmad
    Article: Jan 21, 2014

    Streatham Liberal Democrats have selected Amna Ahmad as Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Streatham constituency. She was chosen in a ballot of Liberal Democrat members.

    Amna grew up in the area, spending some time in foster care before winning an assisted place at James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich and later graduating from Oxford University. She was born in Pakistan and speaks fluent Urdu. She lives on Brixton Hill, and enjoys arranging music nights and contributing to local publications. In summer 2013, she ran as Liberal Democrat candidate in the Tulse Hill by-election and campaigned successfully for local parking problems to be resolved.

  • Worst Collection Rates
    Article: Jan 3, 2014

    The bad news just kept coming - here's a synopsis of the year we've just lived through as highlighted by this website:


    We looked just about everywhere in the new draft Brixton Supplementary Planning Document for clues about the future of Brixton's iconic Recreation Centre that new Labour leader Lib Peck reportedly said was safe in her hands.

  • Car Clamped
    Article: Dec 24, 2013

    Once again Labour-run Lambeth is among the Top Ten in the UK - not this time for the amount of debt, or the amount of uncollected Council Tax, but for the surplus it made on issuing parking tickets to motorists.

    Labour-run Lambeth which made such a fuss at election time about its new fairer parking regime has grabbed a stonking £12 million profit for the 2012/13 financial year which puts it at seventh position in the league tables across the whole country.

Caroline Pidgeon