Libraries being closed and restricted is a symptom of a bigger problem

On 17th April, residents gathered at Herne Hill Baptist Church Hall to hear from Lambeth and Southwark borough election candidates. I represented Lambeth Liberal Democrats in a hustings that focused on the provision of services for the vulnerable, recycling, the future of Lambeth libraries (including Carnegie) and green spaces (in light of recent controversy around the use of Brockwell Park for large private events.) 

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Give people a vote. Give people a say. Give people control over their own lives

On Saturday 21st April at The Karibu Centre in Brixton, George Turner represented Lambeth Liberal Democrats in a housing hustings to remember.

Attended by residents from across our borough, the message to Labour Lambeth Council was clear: this council has failed on housing.

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Lib Dems call for a more walking and cycling-friendly Liveable Lambeth

Lambeth Lib Dems think local streets should first and foremost be spaces for people. Walking and cycling should become safe, easy choices for all Lambeth residents, and the health and wellbeing of local people a higher priority. 

We’re delighted therefore to pledge our support for ‘My Liveable London’, an initiative from London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets. A Lib Dem-led Lambeth Council would submit a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood bid, based in an area with high potential for walking and cycling, taking major steps to prioritise people walking and cycling over private cars in the area. At the time of writing, the Lib Dems are the only party in Lambeth to have made this commitment. 

We are privileged to have some of the UK’s most experienced and passionate campaigners in this field right here in our borough; if elected we will work closely with local cycling, walking and disability groups to identify the best opportunities to secure and use this central funding. 
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Lambeth thinks again on Mamma Mia after protest supported by local Lib Dems

Lambeth council’s planning application committee has deferred the decision on Mamma Mia’s abysmal visitor management plan.

The committee finally recognised the issues which local residents have been screaming about ever since this idea was hatched.

There are concerns around anti-social behaviour in an area of social housing and the regulation of movement of coaches and taxis in the already overly congested Stamford Street and surrounding roads.

The decision to defer is to the credit of many groups, especially those local residents that spoke at the meeting, Samantha Young, Barry Hetherington and Hannah Quigley.

The campaign has been led by local activists and campaigners, and residents from Waterloo’s Resident Alliance, Thames Central Open Spaces, Waterloo Action Centre and Waterloo Community Development Group, as well as our local Lib Dem candidates for Bishop’s ward for the upcoming local elections, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett (wearing the yellow scarf), Audrey Eager and Charley Hasted.

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Lib Dems submit full slate of candidates for Lambeth local elections 2018

A full slate of 63 Liberal Democrats are standing to represent you on Lambeth Council in next month’s local elections.

London goes to the polls on May 3, with everybody in Lambeth voting for three candidates to represent their ward.

Campaigning in Streatham Wells with Caroline Pidgeon

And wherever you live in the borough, you can cast all three votes for the Lib Dems, as we put forward three candidates in every ward.

Liberal Democrat supporters, those who want to send a clear message on Brexit to the national parties and those who have had enough of Labour Lambeth wasting their money, shutting down libraries and allowing rampant development unaffordable to the vast majority of those that consider Lambeth their home can make their voices heard on May 3 with three votes for local Lib Dem candidates.

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Rethinking Lambeth - for all

For me, being a Liberal Democrat is about empowering individuals, giving everyone the chance to realise their potential, working collectively to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, and being open and tolerant.

This is the first time I’ve been a candidate, having joined the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 General Election, to become part of a movement to keep alive those core values of liberalism and social democracy in our community.

The most exhilarating thing about campaigning in this election has been working with a group of candidates who share those values so passionately; be it on special education needs, mental health, environmental issues, libraries, women’s rights, affordable housing for all, and so many other issues.

Early on we hit upon the idea of ‘Rethinking Lambeth’ as a theme for our campaign, looking at innovative solutions as a way to bring about change for Lambeth. In difficult times we need bold ideas to make our borough work for everyone.

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Lambeth Labour on air pollution? Just hot air.

Local people have told us they think air pollution is one of the biggest environmental issues affecting our area.

One of the long-term solutions to cleaning up our air is to have greener vehicles on our roads. This will only happen if there are enough charging points for electric vehicles.

Shockingly Labour-dominated Lambeth Council failed to apply for Government funding for local authorities to install electric car charge points. As a result of Labour’s inaction, there is only a single charging point here in Streatham Wells.

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South London 'Watergate' must lead to urgent reform

The word “Watergate” recently took on a new meaning when Streatham residents were left for days without any running water. Residents had no flushing toilets, showers or drinking water when pipes burst following freezing temperatures. A minimum of 12,000 households were affected and were asked to visit water distribution points – sometimes as far as half an hour from their homes – to pick up bottled water instead. In the days following, neighbouring areas like Tooting Broadway and Herne Hill also suffered severe, hard to manage pipe bursts.

Thames Water’s handling of the situation left residents disgusted, and has highlighted the need for an urgent investigation into the company’s operating model and ability to deliver a proper service. The company, which paid a hundred million pounds in dividends last year, moved slowly to make repairs and failed to meet a series of self-imposed deadlines. Communication was patchy and sometimes contradictory. The company failed to set up enough water distribution points, or to deliver water to members of the community who were unable to travel.

 

Ofwat, the regulator, recently fined Thames Water the maximum penalty for failing to meet leakage commitments. And the company has clearly ignored recommendations made at a public meeting in Lambeth in early 2017, demanding that it improve maintenance programmes and mitigate against the potential for more burst pipes.

While Thames’ woes are a current hot topic in the media, local Liberal Democrats have been pointing out the failures of the current system for many years.

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Lib Dems are the true pro-EU party, say Lambeth Liberal Democrat candidates

Eight Lambeth Lib Dem candidates signed on to a letter published in the Guardian, calling the Labour leadership out on its recent shift in Brexit position.

Our candidates joined one hundred other Lib Dem candidates from wards across London, as well as MPs Sir Vince Cable, Tom Brake, Ed Davey, and London AM Caroline Pidgeon.

 

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Support our 'Sack Southern!' campaign

Local residents surveyed by Streatham Wells Lib Dems said that making local rail services more reliable is a top priority on transport.

Commuters have put up with Thameslink and Southern Rail's incompetence and thoroughly dreadful service for far too long. According to the National Audit Office, our rail routes have consistently higher levels of disruption than anywhere else on the national rail network.

With their contract set to expire in 2021, we are calling for Thameslink and Southern to be sacked now and for Transport for London (TfL) to take over local rail services.Train_Station_web_res.png

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