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

  1. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  2. Twenty-one 'school streets' earmarked for September

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Lambeth Council has announced a new programme of 21 school streets planned to be in place from September.

    School Streets, which are timed or permanent road closures by schools, aim to make it safer for pupils by the gates, while also allowing for social distancing.

    The changes, which will involve timed closures at 21 yet to be announced school sites from September, are expected to cost £75,000 “initially”.

    Schools that can’t get involved because of technical or other reasons will be considered for other measures to improve social distancing and active travel.

    Councillor Claire Holland, deputy Leader and cabinet member for sustainable transport, environment, and clean air, said keeping children “healthy and safe is our number one priority”.

    “The majority of people in Lambeth do not have access to a car and our aim needs to be ensuring equality when it comes to transport.

    “Just because your family isn’t able to afford to run a car shouldn’t mean you are exposed to increased risk on public transport or whilst walking, cycling or scooting on our streets as they are too dangerous.

    “We need to redress this balance, clean up our air and make our roads safer for everyone,” she said.

    Lambeth already has two permanent School Streets around Jessop Primary School on Lowden Road, Herne Hill, and Immanuel and St Andrew CE Primary School on Northanger Road, Streatham.

  3. Popular LGBT+ venue given £20k hardship grant by council

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Royal Vauxhall Tavern

    Lambeth Council has given £20,000 to a well-known LGBT+ club to help it through the Covid-19 crisis.

    The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), south London’s oldest surviving LGBT+ venue, was named one of the “most at risk” businesses in the borough when it closed due to the outbreak.

    The council announced that its application for a grant from the independent hospitality fund was successful.

    The fund is part of Lambeth’s local economy hardship fund, set up to provide £4.2m in grants to support more than 370 organisations hard hit by the pandemic, including restaurants, pubs, cafes, clubs and music venues.

    Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 were on offer to businesses, charities, and not-for-profit organisations to support their chances of survival and recovery.

    James Lindsay, CEO and managing director of RVT, said: “It’s really just a couple of weeks ago Lambeth contacted businesses and invited us to apply, and already the paperwork to get us the money is processed.

    “Not only have the council stepped in in our hour of need, they’ve also stepped in at fantastic speed.”

    RVT is due to reopen in line with Government guidelines on Saturday, 4 July.

  4. 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.

  5. Pavements widened to help social distancing

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Pavement widening in Lambeth

    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.

  6. Walking 'not exercising' says park official

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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

    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."

  7. Three-year festival licence approved

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    Brockwell Park

    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.

  8. Council branded 'disgusting' over art fair charge hike

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    Urban Art Fair visitors

    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.

  9. Controversial college tower block approved

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  10. Residents in Lambeth left for years without social housing

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.”