LAMBETH LABOUR MP BACKS MARCHERS – “Council have not listened” says Kate Hoey.
LABOUR MP Kate Hoey had a special message for around 300 people who took part in Saturday’s ‘Stand Up to Lambeth council’ march:
“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.
“The Garden Bridge is a classic example. “The local Labour councilors 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.
“I call on our Labour council to welcome debate and positive criticism. “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.
“I hope the council will see today’s protest as a wake-up call and that it will be positive,impactive and – most of all – peaceful.
“Like me,I know you will stand up against injustice, inequality and ineptitude wherever it comes from.”
Kate Hoey’s message was read to marchers. Around 30 supporting organisations – ranging from pensioners to skateboarders – sent delegates to Saturday’s event.