Category Archives: Lambeth Council

Now Lambeth Labour forced to ditch its failed housing venture

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on the latest embarrassing climbdown by a south London council Lambeth Council is to wind up its arms-length housebuilding company Homes for Lambeth after an official review described its performance as “very poor” and recommended … Continue reading

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Commissioners set Reed and Jones a boundaries conundrum

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the layer-cake solution to the future of Croydon, and Lambeth’s, parliamentary constituencies It has been a standing joke on this website for a decade or so that former Lambeth council leader Steve Reed OBE … Continue reading

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Bin workers face sack if they don’t work on Queen’s Funeral

While most council services have shut down for the bank holiday weekend ahead of Monday’s solemn royal ceremonials, Veolia staff have been told that if they don’t show up for work, they could be fired. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Council knew housing scheme was ‘unviable’ four years ago

Lambeth Council has known for at least four years that their proposed redevelopment of an award-winning housing estate was “unviable”. The eviction of council tenants in Cressingham Gardens and the proposed development of much of the site into private flats … Continue reading

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Environment Agency issues flood warning for River Wandle

No sooner has the amber heatwave warning in south London faded away in some light rain than the Environment Agency has put the area on alert for flash flooding. With heavy rain forecast to hit the capital today and tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Select committee MPs promise swift action at Regina Road

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More than a year since the ‘appalling’ state of flats in Regina Road caused a national scandal, MPs from a Commons select committee visited South Norwood and Upper Norwood this week. They were shocked at what they … Continue reading

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Are you local? Tories seek distance from party-goer Boris

Conservatives in Croydon, hungry for power, are beginning to see the Prime Minister as an electoral liability. By political editor WALTER CRONXITE With election day in one month’s time, Croydon Conservatives, having been first to pick their Mayoral candidate and … Continue reading

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Travers quits Lambeth after housing watchdog’s 30 complaints

It’s all change up the road at Brixton Town Hall, where £185,000 per year chief exec Andrew Travers has announced he is standing down, probably after May’s local elections. “Working for Lambeth Council has been a great experience,” Travers tweeted. … Continue reading

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Estate demolition threat sees campaign march on West End

Council tenants, their families, friends and supporters from across south London will be marching on the plush West End offices of one of the country’s leading property companies tomorrow to protest against their local council outsourcing the destruction of their … Continue reading

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Labour in new crisis over Lambeth councillor’s hate tweets

Croydon North MP Steve Reed’s old stomping ground of Brixton Town Hall is in turmoil today, after one of that borough’s highest-profile Labour councillors was forced to report himself to the party over historic racist,  Islamophobic and transphobic tweets. Councillor … Continue reading

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Help to Buy fuels London’s house price inflation say Lords

A parliamentary report out today underlines that £29bn-worth of housing subsidies have simply helped to boost several Tory donors’ profits, reports our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES The cost of an average home in Croydon increased by 4 per cent in … Continue reading

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Norwood residents ask MP Reed to act over estate demolition

After a year-long, rear-guard action from residents of a council-built estate on the Croydon-Lambeth borough boundary, Truslove House and the mature trees in the grounds around it have in the past week been bulldozed completely. Lambeth Council has been accused … Continue reading

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Tenants’ despair and politicians’ disdain: Britain’s slum crisis

STEVEN DOWNES on the television documentary being broadcast on Sunday night which seems certain to shock the nation and pour shame on Croydon Council all over again You might think you couldn’t be shocked any more. But you’d be wrong. … Continue reading

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Boundary Commission recommends four MPs for Croydon

Croydon is to get an extra MP under far-reaching proposed changes to parliamentary constituencies released overnight by the Boundary Commission for England. Under changes which have been years in the making, England will have the number of seats in the … Continue reading

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Report: Ex-Labour leader denies sexual harassment claims

Jack Hopkins, one of the rising stars of Lambeth Labour when Steve Reed OBE was council leader at Brixton Town Hall, is being investigated by the party over an allegation of sexual harassment and unwanted touching, according to a report … Continue reading

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Lambeth’s Labour council leader in shock resignation

Jack Hopkins won a leadership challenge a month ago, but stepped down today just as his council agreed to pay out a share of £1m damages and costs to black groups who won a human rights High Court case  Jack … Continue reading

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Mayor’s relocation plans place City Hall on ‘at risk’ register

The 20th Century Society expresses fears for landmark building and for under-threat social housing at Cressingham Gardens On the eve of the sixth election for the Mayor of London, City Hall, the building which has been the home of the … Continue reading

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‘Surge testing’ for South African variant starts in Streatham

Lambeth today began carrying out “surge testing” for the South African variant of covid-19 in Streatham. It is the second area bordering Croydon to be subject to surge testing in a week, following cases of the South African variant being … Continue reading

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Activists set up camp to fight against Central Hill demolition

Campaigners have set up camp on the Central Hill Estate, on the Lambeth side of the borough boundary, in an effort to halt the felling of trees and demolition of Truslove House on Roman Way. Lambeth Council last month approved … Continue reading

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Appeals to Sutton and Croydon to join Rashford campaign

The leaders of LibDem-run Sutton and Labour-controlled Croydon have been urged to join a growing number of councils in issuing food vouchers over half term as the row over free school meals provision during holidays continues. London boroughs Southwark, Lambeth, … Continue reading

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Coronavirus being used as ‘smokescreen’ for estate demolition

It is not just in Croydon that residents’ groups have been alert to the inherent risks of placing the entire planning system into the hands of a few unelected council officials. The delegated planning powers, prompted by the coronavirus emergency, … Continue reading

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MP Reed promoted to Labour’s front bench in Starmer reshuffle

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the step up for one of Croydon’s MPs Steve Reed, the MP for Croydon North, has been appointed to the shadow cabinet by the Labour Party’s new leader, Sir Keir Starmer. It’s the dream … Continue reading

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Flemming runs for Streatham – and Newman gives his backing

Alisa Flemming, the Croydon council cabinet member who was in charge of the borough’s children’s services when they descended into a dangerously “inadequate” state, as judged by Ofsted inspectors, is now looking to advance her own political career by running … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Common man, and here’s a toast to two ‘saints’

WANDLE WANDERER: Our non-resident rambler KEN TOWL is off on his travels again, but he hasn’t had to venture very far afield to discover some overlooked treasures St Reatham is not, of course, a church named after a saint, but … Continue reading

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Official figures show Croydon is capital’s worst for complaints

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, crunches some numbers and finds that according to the annual report from the Local Government Ombudsman, our council does not compare well, however you dress it up Official figures from the Local Government Ombudsman … Continue reading

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