Lambeth London Borough Council

All of the seats in Lambeth were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 57 Total councillors 57 Change-2

PartyGreen

Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 5 Change+4

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

Most Recent

Council spends £59m dealing with Covid-19

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lambeth Council is expecting to spend £59 million as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has already given the council £20 million, leaving a black hole of £39 million if no more funding is received.

In an overview and scrutiny committee meeting yesterday members grilled the council leader and cabinet members over a host of issues, including how children in care were being looked after, foster care placements, free school meal vouchers, schools reopening, and children not having access to the internet or laptops.

Members also raised concerns about shielded residents, care homes data, the protection of council staff, and housing issues emerging and expected as a result of the pandemic.

Councillor Marianna Masters said she was “very concerned” about the council’s finances in the wake of the crisis.

“I’m still very, very concerned about the fact that, for whatever reason, the Government [gave] an early indication that we would need to spend whatever we would need to spend, and now there seems to be a reigning back on that."

Andrew Travers, the council’s chief executive, said the government must step in with additional funding: “We know that we have a very serious issue if the Secretary of State and the Government do not meet their commitments and leave us with the additional costs that we’re incurring."

The Treasury is currently not commenting on speculation about future costs.

Pavements widened to help social distancing

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Pavement widening in Lambeth
LDRS

Lambeth Council has widened some pavements in the borough to allow more space for social distancing in the south London borough.

The council is focusing on areas where people are finding it difficult to maintain a two-metre distance.

The first pavements to be widened were by Half Moon Lane, beneath the railway track in Herne Hill, and Coldharbour Lane, under the railway bridge at Loughborough Junction.

The council also cut through-traffic from Cornwall Road in Waterloo.

Walking 'not exercising' says park official

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A man walking in a south London park was allegedly told to leave by a council official because “walking isn’t exercise”.

Walker's shoes
Paul Burston

Journalist Paul Burston, who went out on 18 April wearing a facemask and observing social distancing, tweeted: “Stopped by an official in Kennington Park and told to go home.

“Apparently ‘walking isn’t exercise – only jogging and cycling’.

Lambeth council leader Jack Hopkins said the official was incorrect and would make sure staff were briefed, adding: “Sorry to hear this Paul, that is not the right advice and guidance."

Three-year festival licence approved

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Brockwell Park
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A festival organiser has secured a three-year licence for a park in Lambeth.

Brockwell Park by Herne Hill and Tulse Hill has hosted events from The Mighty Hoopla since 2018.

In December, organisers applied for a three-year licence to cover three days during May or June – this year will include day festivals Wide Awake, Mighty Hoopla, and Cross the Tracks from Friday, 5 June.

A licensing sub-committee approved the application subject to a set of conditions yet to be published.

Music will be played from 11:00 to 22:45 on Friday and Saturday, and from 11:00 to 22:15 on Sunday.

Alcohol will be served until 15 minutes before closing.

The events will be glass free except for a VIP area, which will have glass bottles “of prosecco and champagne”.

Staggered closing of stages was agreed to stop people flooding out at the same time.

The events company must notify the council of the selected weekend eight months in advance, but did not guarantee that the weekends would not affect school or bank holidays.

Two locals who attended the meeting, argued that the council was “losing control” if it handed over a three-year licence rather than one.

Council branded 'disgusting' over art fair charge hike

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Urban Art Fair visitors
Urban Art Fair

A long-standing community event that raises thousands of pounds for local good causes cannot go ahead after council charges shot up by nearly 3,000%.

Urban Art Fair, which is held in Brixton every summer and has non-profit status, was told by Lambeth Council it needed to shell out £8,000 to hold the event this year, up from £277 last year.

The council is intending to charge the event as though it were a commercial business, despite its non-profit status.

Event organiser Timothy Sutton said: “Taxing a small community event trying to raise funds for local good causes is just insipid.

“And for Lambeth to do this without any sense of shame is disgusting.”

The council is yet to comment.

Controversial college tower block approved

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A 70-metre tower is set to be built by the border of Wandsworth and Lambeth despite objections.

Lambeth College was given the go-ahead by a planning committee – three in favour and two against – after three hours of input from officers, councillors, members of the community, and the school’s representatives.

The proposals include “new build teaching and learning space to support skills development in construction, engineering, science and dental technology, IT, digital and creative” as well as English and maths space.

Up to 272 student ‘bed spaces’ are also planned for Block C, a 20-storey tower.

Nearly 1,000 people signed a petition opposing the height of the tower, while three residents implored the committee to reject the plans.

Residents in Lambeth left for years without social housing

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A severe housing shortage in Lambeth is leaving people waiting for a council home for years, with one resident joining the list in 1975.

According to a Freedom of Information request, someone joined the list 46 years ago and has yet to be given social housing.

Lambeth Council said the oldest applications “include people who are adequately housed and therefore have no priority for social housing, and who are not actively seeking rehousing but remain on the list at their own request.”

Nearly 30,000 people are waiting for a council home in the borough.

The newly obtained figures revealed that nearly one third of households (10,009) have been waiting for a permanent home for between five and nine years – more than 5,000 have been waiting for more than 10 years.

Lambeth Council said it faces a “severe and serious housing crisis” and that between 40 and 60 people join the list every week, while only 20 homes become available.

A spokesperson said there is a “critical shortage of available properties” in the borough and that homes are allocated on the basis of need rather than waiting times.

He said: “The properties that do become available are allocated to the highest priority households – for example, people who are homeless, who live in cramped conditions, or who have a medical condition made worse by their current home.

“Applicants in a lower priority band are not in such immediate housing need and so have less chance of being allocated a council house.”

Set of classic 1980s' film could be demolished for flats

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The set of a critically acclaimed British film starring Daniel Day-Lewis is set to be demolished if plans for 22 flats in Vauxhall go ahead tonight.

Lambeth councillors are set to decide on the fate of the buildings from 3 to 27 Wilcox Road, which includes ‘Taste of the Mediterranean restaurant’ – the set of the ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ film from 1985.

The British Film Institute ranked the film, which starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke, as the the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century.

‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ will also be demolished if the plans go ahead, although the unit it occupies is not the specific unit of the laundrette in the film.

Set in London during the Thatcher years, the comedy/drama focuses on the relationships between Pakistani and English communities.

The gay love story follows Omar, played by Warnecke, and Johnny, played by Day-Lewis, who become caretakers of a laundrette originally owned by Omar’s uncle.