We're back!

Here in Lambeth, the Lib Dems are back. 

We have returned three Liberal Democrat councillors to the Town Hall and are now the official opposition group on Lambeth Council. 

Matthew Bryant and Donna Harris were elected to represent Streatham Hill West & Thornton ward. Ben Curtis was elected to represent Clapham Common & Abbeville ward.  

Winning here

Up and down the borough we’ve heard that people have had enough of the way the Tories are governing our country. That's why they voted to remove Lambeth's only Tory councillor from post in Clapham Common & Abbeville.

We’ve also heard that people across Lambeth have had enough of being taken for granted by Labour. Of being represented by Councillors who don’t listen.  

Our Liberal Democrat councillors will work hard for you and for our community. They will challenge vested interests. And they will hold Labour to account. 

We will stand up for the issues that matter to you: 

We’ll fight for housing that local people can truly afford, not big developments for big profits. Clean air. Electric charging points. Community policing that works hand in hand with our communities for the safety of all residents, both at home and on our streets. And we’ll call for further support for our young people, who have faced so many set-backs during the pandemic. 

Most of all, we will be your voice in the Town Hall, whether or not you voted for us. 

Thank you to all across our borough who put your trust in us at these elections.

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How do Lambeth Lib Dems propose to tackle the cost of living crisis?

With so many people worrying about how they will afford life as prices rise, we are calling for an emergency cut to VAT to protect households from soaring bills. Our proposal to reduce VAT from 20% to 17.5% for one year would save local households an average of £600.

An emergency cut to VAT would ease the squeeze on households and boost spending on the high street. It could be introduced quickly and easily by the Government for one year and yet the Conservatives are moving ahead with tax rises and cuts to the support currently provided to those in the lowest-paid jobs; Liberal Democrats oppose the rise in National Insurance and the cut to Universal Credit for those on low incomes.

The Conservatives’ NI rise puts more pressure on household budgets. And it breaks a promise they made at the last General Election.

Committed to green innovation, the Liberal Democrats also plan a £9billion home insulation fund to cut carbon emissions and heating bills too. And a new windfall tax of mega-profits of oil and gas companies would raise cash to directly reduce utility bills for millions.

Locally, we want Lambeth Council to use its powers to enforce standards in private-rented homes to push up energy efficiency. This would have the dual benefit of reducing household bills and protecting the planet.

 

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Greater police presence needed in Waterloo & South Bank

Bishop’s ward (now Waterloo & South Bank) is officially the most dangerous neighbourhood in Lambeth. According to the latest figures (Feb ‘21 - ‘22) published by The Metropolitan Police, it has the highest crime statistics in the Borough, with over 20 per cent more crime than the second most dangerous neighbourhood in Lambeth, Brixton.

What’s more, the vast majority of crimes were cases of theft and violence against individuals. Many of you have told us that you afraid to walk in our area after dark; and that you worry about your kids.

“With these sorts of stats, it’s unforgivable that Labour Lambeth has not taken urgent action,”

said Chris French, former special constable and Liberal Democrat candidate for Waterloo & South Bank, “When something happens, very often there is nobody to call for help.”

Lambeth Liberal Democrats calls on the Met to open a police space on Chicheley Street and to guarantee that the number of Safer Neighbourhood Team officers for the area will be increased and maintained.

Have you noticed crime is at an all time high? Share your concerns and views with local campaigners by contacting h[email protected]

Please do continue to call 999 in the event of an emergency.

 

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Community consultation needed on new Streatham Common housing

 

Last year, it was announced a mixed-use housing development was planned for the site where Homebase currently stands on 100 Woodgate Drive in Streatham Common and Vale. Lambeth Liberal Democrats actively campaigns for new council houses in the borough, but we've heard local residents share several concerns about the plans and it isn't clear how many of the homes being built will be truly affordable new council homes. 

We've heard local residents share several concerns that haven't been properly responded to by the developers or the council. The housing proposed for the site is a tower block of considerable height, which could overshadow low-level existing residential streets and block out light. The site is the size of a football pitch and the architect appointed proposes much more than just housing. Proposals include the introduction of green space and retail and commercial amenities, on a car-free site. The area already has issues with parking and residential streets could suffer if the new space draws in increased footfall with no space for people to park. Only 35% of the new housing offered is set to be 'affordable'. Will this be yet another new development promising council homes that in reality see's private luxury apartments built with a small number of council homes provided as an afterthought? 

The Mayor of London's Emerging London plan requires the introduction of 13,350 new homes in the borough during the next decade. Something Lambeth Liberal Democrats support and encourage. With Streatham designated as an area of high potential for development, it is crucial that the existing local community feel welcome to share views on new plans, and that their thoughts are acted upon. For new housing to be a success, developments need to ensure existing and new residents can live in harmony. 

Introducing new homes in the heart of Streatham Common, close to the railway and high street, with a large number of residents nearby, the development must meet the real need for local council homes, built sensitively to the existing community.

Have you tried to contact the council and developers on their plans and are feeling ignored? Get in touch with your local Liberal Democrat candidates Donna Harris and Matthew Bryant at [email protected] so we can understand your views and help you make the case for better consultation.

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Demanding an end to dangerous air quality monitoring gaps in Lambeth

Local Lib Dems Donna Harris and Matthew Bryant are calling for Lambeth Council to radically expand the monitoring of local air quality. 

The Borough only has three fixed air quality monitors at Vauxhall, Brixton and St Leonard’s in Streatham. The site for our area on the South Circular near Streatham Hill was closed over a decade ago. In comparison to Wandsworth to the west and Southwark to the east each monitoring at double the number of sites.

To add injury, none of Lambeth’s monitoring stations measures “PM2.5” levels. These are small particulates that can penetrate into the lungs and impair child brain development and cause asthma, lung & heart disease. In London over 9,000 deaths are attributed to poor air quality each year costing the NHS between £1.4 and £3.7 billion a year.

“Air quality is a major health concern for families and individuals living in London,” said local Lib Dem Matthew Bryant, “Lambeth needs more monitoring to establish a baseline to work and improve from. The Council needs to take this threat far more seriously.”

To find out more about how Matthew and Donna are campaigning for change in Hyde Farm, Streatham Hill and Thornton Road click here.

 

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