“All of you have come here today with one clear message for the Council – Lambeth, you are not listening to us. “We all know the council is facing huge challenges from the cuts imposed by the government. BUT in so many of the decisions that have angered local communities, it has been clear that despite public utterances about listening, the voices of many of you have been ignored….
I call on our Labour council to welcome debate and positive
criticism. I hope the Council will see today’s protest as a wake-up
This was part of the message of support from Kate Hoey, Vauxhall Labour MP, to the demonstration held on Saturday 8 October against the Labour controlled Lambeth Council.
30 supporting organisations – ranging from pensioners to skateboarders – sent delegates to the event (more information below).
All agree that – while government cuts are painful – their common
problem is a high-handed, ill-informed, wasteful and uncaring Labour
People all over Lambeth are campaigning to save homes, libraries,
businesses, clubs and pubs threatened by the Labour council’s
destructive plans, bulldozed through without listening to residents or
considering viable alternatives.
Now they are uniting to make the council listen.
The demonstration will be followed by a series of public meetings
examining the council’s performance in detail.
Kate Hoey’s message also stated:
“The Garden Bridge is a classic example. The local Labour councillors
and thousands of local residents have made it clear their opposition
not just to this waste of public money but also to the Bridge being
located where no one wants it. Lambeth could have stopped it but have chosen not to do so. They have not listened.
“Thank you to all of you who have been working hard in our communities to protect our local services, libraries, parks and housing estates. There have been so many genuine alternatives put forward to Council plans on libraries, housing and re- generation. But you have not been listened to.
“I will continue to campaign with you to preserve and enhance our communities. I do not want to see housing estates being destroyed, with virtually no genuinely affordable Council housing replacing it.
The tenants on the Westbury Estate have been ignored and side-lined, just like what happened to those on Cressingham Gardens.”
“With a 59 to 4 majority, the councillors need to listen even more to
voices outside the council chamber. Councillors should be encouraged to speak out, and not victimised like Cllr Rachel Heywood was for her brave stand on speaking out against
the closure of libraries.”