While May’s borough elections are behind us, those of us who participated in the campaign continue to hold the issues Lambeth residents care about remain at the forefront of our minds. I – along with fellow Liberal Democrat candidates in Bishop’s Ward, Audrey Eager and Charley Hasted – am therefore delighted to learn of the news that Abba have withdrawn their application for a Mamma Mia themed development on the Southbank.
Finally listening to Local residents, Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba claims he’s now understood the locals opposition to his scheme, which included an Abba-themed nightclub. This is a win for local residents and for those, including our Lambeth Liberal Democrat campaigns team, who are fighting to protect land such as this, which is earmarked for social housing.
However, this is just one of many proposals in recent months (the Garden Bridge being another case in point) that suggests that it continues to be necessary for local activists and campaigners to ensure Lambeth Labour demand that Coin Street Community Builders and other developers focus their efforts on using the land for much-needed social housing.
As a local resident, acting Chair of the Hatfields Gardens Communication Group and a former chair of the local Peabody Estate, I know that our contribution to the Mamma Mia campaign has been recognised and appreciated by the many local residents who are disappointed with the re-election of Lambeth Labour Councillors. As Bishops Ward Liberal Democrat campaigners, we are committed to continuing our work with fellow residents on all local issues, and to holding Lambeth Labour to account through every means possible – not just through the ballot box.