Everyone agrees that there is an acute housing crisis and a shortfall of decent affordable housing. Yet almost every major application that comes forward from developers is shrouded in impenetrable financial fog. Getting developers to provide sufficient social housing within their grandiose private schemes is, at best, an uphill task but getting them to provide hard evidence that this is somehow unaffordable is like extracting teeth.
Enthusiasts and supporters of the iconic Brixton Recreation Centre will be delighted to learn that Historic England has awarded it a Grade 11 listing for its special architectural and historic interest. Campaigners for the building put it forward for listing in May of this year.
This is a notable achievement and the listing recognises the centre's unusual and dynamic architecture, its status as a major public building of the period and its significance within the community. Designed in 1970 by an in-house team of Lambeth Council Architects led by George Finch various political and financial travails beset it for some time afterwards so that the centre finally opened its doors for the first time in 1985.
We're not surprised that bungling Labour politicians have finally cancelled Lambeth's sole remaining borough firework display in Brockwell Park. These mean-minded party-poopers have been reigning back on family fun for years - not long ago Lambeth offered several free public firework displays.
Last year we were down to one - and you had to pay for it. Proving that Labour couldn't organise a pyrotechnic display in a park let alone a drink-up in a brewery 21,000 tickets remained unsold which left the parks budget £28,000 in the red which no doubt had to suffer more indignities from Labour's pruning saw.
In January 2013 a helicopter hit St George's Tower in Vauxhall sadly killing the pilot and a pedestrian on the Wandsworth Road. Many concluded that it could all have been so much worse.
Since then tower blocks have been springing up in the same area like mushrooms on a dewy morning and more are planned. So you might think that all of this vertiginous living had been approved so as to make the future potential conflict with low-flying helicopters impossible.
Labour-run Lambeth has a long and sad history of poor practice regarding children in its care and Ofsted's latest report suggests that the beleaguered authority is still not getting to grips with the situation nearly fast enough.
True to form, Lambeth has appointed some new senior management but its social workers on the front line are left struggling with problematic case workloads often going back many years. The report suggests that many social workers have over 20 child assessment cases to deal with at any one time and that too few staff means that agency staff are routinely employed to fill the gaps leading to further inconsistency as well as higher costs to the local taxpayer.
We hear there's a proposal to build an open-air theatre in Brockwell Park. Only a proposal, mind. And advanced by a theatre-loving local in Herne Hill with claims that this £10 Million project would be beneficial to community groups and an artistic encouragement to those on low incomes. A win-win idea, surely, that ticks lots of boxes?
Barely a month has passed since we announced the glad tidings that the iconic Streatham Library building had been placed on the national register of listed buildings at last.
Now comes news of collapsed ceilings, water ingress from poorly maintained gutters and drains, ruined heritage plasterwork, spoilt paintwork, and parts of the library shut off to the public. A report in Inside Lambeth suggests that someone working in the library also had a narrow escape when part of the ceiling caved-in. Some of the book stock may have been damaged as a result.
It is really great news to report that the Streatham Tate Library has finally been awarded a Grade II Listing by Historic England.
Former Lib Dem St Leonard's ward councillor Brian Palmer originally applied to have both the Brixton Tate Library and its Streatham companion - both designed by Sir Henry Tate's own architect SRJ Smith - listed to protect them from an even earlier round of Labour library closures. While Brixton library was listed on 27th May 1999, the Streatham library was then not thought good enough.
We've said it many times before but Labour's obsession with granting permission to developers, in the North of the Borough in particular, is doing nothing to help local people to get on the housing ladder - just the reverse.
Now comes news via the Guardian newspaper that the Vauxhall Tower, aka St Georges Tower, has almost two-thirds of its apartments owned by rich foreigners only one of whom is entitled to vote in this country. Yet, to make matters worse, these luxury apartments that have sold for between £600,000 and an obscene £51 million for the 5-storey penthouse are rarely if ever lived in.
Just when you thought that Lambeth Labour's ill-judged policy to close numerous libraries and create a dodgy deal to run them as pseudo-gyms couldn't get any worse, a Guardian feature suggests that two closed libraries are actually costing us more to keep closed than open.
The Guardian, through a Freedom of Information request, has discovered that security at the Carnegie library in Herne Hill and the Minet which previously housed the borough's archives are costing a fortune just to keep council taxpayers out. Between 31st March and 15th April 2016 the council paid a security firm over £35, 000 on security staff - allegedly working for less than the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour.