“THE TIME HAS COME FOR LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO, FINALLY, STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED YOU IN – OR TO GET OUT. NOW.”
An open letter to Lambeth Labour councillors:
CARNEGIE PLANS: IT IS TIME FOR YOU, AS THE LABOUR COUNCILLORS OF LAMBETH, TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED.
Yes, as Lib Peck told a workshop attended by around 100 people on Monday held at South Bank University on The Future Lambeth Challenge, you were elected on “the biggest political mandate in the borough’s history.”
But nowhere in the manifesto which won you that mandate did it say anything about turning libraries into gyms.
Nowhere in the manifesto which won you that mandate – and YOUR seat – did it say:
We are going to demolish Cressingham Gardens estate (Tulse Hill ward)
We are going to demolish Cotton Gardens estate which is part of Knights Walk esate (Prince’s ward)
We are going to demolish Fenwick estate (Larkhall ward)
We are going to demolish South Lambeth estate
We are going to demolish Westbury estate (Clapham Town ward)
We are going to demolish Central Hill estate (Gipsy Hill ward) – and build private homes for sale on it. (prices from £330,000 for a one-bedroom flat to just under £800,000 for a five bedroom house.)
People on those six estates – in six different wards – would not have voted for you if you had. It would have been like turkeys voting for Christmas.
And people who feared their libraries were going to be turned into gyms would not have voted for you either.
You currently represent a party which wide swathes of the Lambeth community DO NOT TRUST (although Lib Peck was at pains on Monday to highlight some residents survey which apparently says that many people are satisfied with Lambeth council. A figure of 70 per cent was mentioned.)
(Be aware that council tenants appear to be saying nice things about Cllr Briggs.)
THE MESSAGE TO EVERY LAMBETH LABOUR COUNCILLOR IS CLEAR.
THE PLANS FOR CARNEGIE LIBRARY ARE AN ABOMINATION. READ THEM AND WEEP. I KNOW MANY PEOPLE LIVING NEAR THAT LIBRARY ARE CERTAIN TO.
BECAUSE YOU DO NOT HAVE THE GUTS, OR THE COURAGE OF YOUR CONVICTIONS YOU WILL JUST VOTE THEM THROUGH REGARDLESS AS YOU HAVE DONE ON OTHER CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES. (Whether that’s because you have been told to or you actually think the plan s for the Carnegie are the best thing since sliced bread only you will know.)
THE TIME HAS COME FOR YOU AS LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO, FINALLY, STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED YOU IN – OR TO GET OUT. NOW.