MOTION OF ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ IN COUNCIL PASSED UNANIMOUSLY – Cabinet decision on Cressingham demolition “null and void” say campaigners
A motion of ‘no confidence’ in Lambeth council has been passed unanimously at a meeting held in the wake of Monday night’s decision by its cabinet to rubber-stamp plans to demolish the Cressingham Gardens estate close to Brockwell park.
The vote came at the conclusion of the Lambeth council cabinet meeting held in Lilian Baylis technology school, Kennington.
The room then burst into a chant of ‘Shame on you!’ says a Save Cressingham Gardens Facebook post on the meeting which adds: “The cabinet members voted to demolish all 306 homes on Cressingham Gardens estate, before filing out of the hall stony-faced, indifferent to their constituents.
“Since a vote of No Confidence had been passed, we consider their decision null and void, legally and morally.
“In the absence of the ex-cabinet, a further motion was proposed for the refurbishment of the estate and against its demolition. “This, too, was passed unanimously by the room of 150-plus residents and supporters of Save Cressingham Gardens.
“The future of Cressingham Gardens estate lies in the hands of its residents, not in those of Lambeth council.
“Residents of Cressingham Gardens met on Sunday for a community vote on whether to look at ‘right to manage’ and ‘right to transfer’ in more detail. “The vote was in favour of both and official legal notices have now been served on the council.”
In the wake of Monday night’s cabinet decision Save Cressingham Gardens also say:
* The next legal action is being prepared.
* On Monday night they demanded a full inquiry into Lambeth’s financial models as they are “clearly wrong and being manipulated to mislead the council and the community.”
* They are continuing to evolve the People’s Plan and are now particularly working on the funding and legal structures so they can potentially go ahead without the council. “Please spread the word on the People’s Plan” they ask.
“And if you couldn’t make it to the Cabinet meeting on Monday night or just want to re-live the moment when Cllr Paul McGlone and the rest of the cabinet got booed off stage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YCJynVokes Cressingham decision – Finance boss Cllr Paul McGlone booed off stage”
Further reading: brixtonbuzz.com Lambeth Council agrees to bulldoze Cressingham Gardens as lively Cabinet meeting ends in absolute farce by Jason Cobb March 21st 2016
Cressingham Gardens Redevelopment Approved – press release posted by Lambeth council March 22 2016 lambeth.gov press releases
(The press release says that following the cabinet decision, the council will now hold a series of drop-in sessions to inform residents of the next steps.
The sessions will be held at the Rotunda, on 31st March: 5 to 7pm; 14th April: 5 to 7pm and 28th April: 5 to 7pm)