Corrected and poster added 25 September
Saturday 8 October sees a combined demonstration against to protest at Lambeth Council’s controversial decisions such as:
- to demolish six council estates
- to support the destructive Garden Bridge
- to close four out of 10 libraries
- to support Network Rail’s eviction of long-established shops in the Brixton Arches
- to grant numerous planning permissions to close local pubs, clubs and businesses to develop luxury flats
Assemble 12 noon, Windrush Square
1pm march to Clapham Common for family picnic
The many people affected by the controversial decisions agree that they have ONE ROOT PROBLEM IN COMMON – THE COUNCIL ITSELF.
It does not represent their interests, and refuses to listen to
More groups and campaigns are signing up daily, under the banner STAND UP TO LAMBETH COUNCIL. Individuals and families are also joining in.
This is to be a PEACEFUL event – making the point that ordinary people, families and businesses are seeing the destruction of services, homes, jobs and the rights of
The stance is reflected in the symbol chosen for STAND UP TO LAMBETH COUNCIL – pink glitter boots! They symbolise fun, good humour – and determination.
The event will be followed by a series of public meetings and
workshops, to examine the Council’s performance in detail and plan further moves.
The initial position has been agreed in democratic meetings:
‘The people of Lambeth call on the council that is supposed to represent us
– to become financially transparent and democratic
– to become accountable to its residents
– to put the interests of residents and council workers before the interests of private companies.
The people of Lambeth call for [council leader] Lib Peck and her cabinet to resign, as they have betrayed the trust and faith of the residents of Lambeth. We have no confidence in their ability to represent us.’
Why the future of Lambeth Libraries is important to Croydonians
Croydon Council’s Labour leadership has aspirations to make it a Co-operative Council, following the lead by Lambeth Council. Unfortunately, Lambeth Council has severely damaged the concept by its eviction of housing co-operatives which had emerged from the late 1960s/early 1970s squatting movement, and the decimination of the Library Service. Croydon Council’s review of the future of its libraries is awaited. Hopefully the ruling Labour administration will seek to avoid the same mistakes as their comrades in Lambeth. Any future funding changes to Lambeth Libraries could negatively impact on their contribution to the running of the Joint Library at Upper Norwood. Therefore I am sure that a Croydon presence on 5 October in Windrush Square would be welcomed by Lambeth protesters.