Lambeth council’s overview and scrutiny committee meet tonight (Wednesday)* to discuss the Central Hill estate demolition call-in. On Friday one Central Hill resident posted on facebook:
THE LOVELY LAMBETH COUNCILLORS ARE ON OUR ESTATE CANVASSING FOR YOUR VOTE. YES, WE TREATED YOU WITH CONTEMPT AND VOTED TO DEMOLISH YOUR HOMES BUT VOTE FOR US AS WE REALLY CARE.
GIVE THEM HELL, PEOPLE – Nicola Curtis
LAMBETH COUNCIL OFFICERS JUSTIFY THEIR REASONS FOR DEMOLISHING CENTRAL HILL ESTATE: (LOTS OF WRIGGLING…..)
In their response to Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs’ decision to ‘call in’ the Lambeth council cabinet decision to demolish the Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace, officers have come up with a variety of reasons, including the following:
1: No evidence has been provided to the council to support the comments made at the cabinet meeting regarding a separate survey undertaken by residents…..
2: Nothing has been provided to demonstrate that the Save Central Hill survey was carried out in an independent and transparent way and the stated results of the survey are at odds with the general feedback received through both the council’s independent survey and the continuous engagement of residents over the last two years.
3: The key points from the council’s formal consultation represents a robust and transparent consultation process which was presented to cabinet; the same cannot be said of the Save Central Hill survey, the detail of which was not provided to officers in advance of the cabinet meeting.
4:The council has been clear throughout the engagement process that it would only consult on deliverable options.
5: Refurbishment and partial redevelopment options were considered and included within the extensive engagement process; but as the council could not reasonably conclude that they were deliverable then the decision was taken not to consult on them…. the council did still ask residents what their views were for no rebuilding.
6: The council has not sought to assess to the same level of detail the full costs to address all the problems with the estate because the £18.5m cost is already in excess of that which the council can afford or is normal; as set out in the cabinet report, the average cost of refurbishing properties to Lambeth Housing Standard is around £16,000 per home, whereas the £18.5m suggests that this would be closer to £44,000 per home on the Central Hill estate.
7: In relation to consideration of the impact of redevelopment, all the matters raised would be fully addressed in due course. The planning process would require assessment of the environmental impact of construction and redevelopment, together with consideration of the potential impact on local services; where impact is found to arise, then the planning process would require mitigation and, if necessary, contributions towards school places and health services, etc. There will likely be positive impacts as well, such as increased footfall for local shops.
8: As was made clear at the cabinet meeting by ONE RESIDENT, the new homes will vastly improve the quality of life of many residents on the Central Hill estate.
(Note: Block letters by News From Crystal Palace – Ed.)
(Source: Item 3 on tonight’s agenda: Investing in better neighbourhoods and building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth – Central Hill: Call In).
* it’s Vauxhall AGAIN – but with a 7pm start. (Bolney Meadow Community Centre, 31 Bolney Street, London, SW8 1EZ.)