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St Leonard's local Labour team has been working hard to make sure residents can have their say over parking in our area, and have welcomed Lambeth council’s decision to consult residents on introducing a controlled parking zone (CPZ).

Residents have been vocal on the issue, highlighting how difficult it can be to find parking at busy times during the day, with people from outside the neighborhood often taking up valuable spaces. Your Labour team recognised this as well as the different views held by local people, particularly as a CPZ would mean residents having to pay for permits to park.

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Robert, Saleha and Stephen - St Leonard's Labour Team 

Cllr Robert Hill, Cllr Saleha Jaffer, and Stephen Donnelly, the Labour team for Streatham St. Leonard’s ward, were proud to have successfully guaranteed:

  • That Lambeth council will give the final say to residents on how parking should be regulated in the area by launching a new consultation on a Streatham St. Leonard’s CPZ
  • That all residents will this month receive a letter from the council with information about these proposals
  • That no firm decision will be taken on introducing a CPZ until residents have has their say

The team thanked local residents for their support and their feedback, which has been hugely helpful making the consultation a reality.

If you want to get in touch with Stephen, Robert and Saleha to tell them your views about controlled parking, or about anything else they can do to help improve the neighbourhood, you can contact them by emailing Rhill@lambeth.gov.ukSJaffer@lambeth.gov.uk and stephengdonnelly@outlook.com.  

 

St Leonard's Labour team secures consultation on controlled parking for Streatham

St Leonard's local Labour team has been working hard to make sure residents can have their say over parking in our area, and have welcomed Lambeth council’s decision to consult...

As we celebrate the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918 through which some women got the vote for the first time, we remember how far we’ve come and reignite our commitment to continue fighting for equality.

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We remember those who came before us to pave the way for equality, like Streatham Suffragette, Leonora Tyson. Leonora was an active member of The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU)  as Secretary of both Streatham and Lambeth branches. Leonora was arrested and imprisoned in Holloway Jail, where she went on hunger strike. After her release from prison and a speaking tour in Germany, she was involved in organising various suffragette events including a demonstration on Streatham Common.

100 years later, Labour is continuing to fight for equality in Lambeth.

We established our own Equality Commission with the aim of identifying barriers preventing our residents from fulfilling their full potential and then driving action to tackle inequality and we are following through these recommendations.

This is against the backdrop of UK being among the worst performing countries in Europe for gender inequality according to the EU’s Gender Equality Index. Only five in ten men in the UK participate daily in cooking and housework. And, according to the Office of National Statistics, men are still being paid £100 more a week than women, and London has the biggest gender pay gap in the UK.

Lambeth was also one of the first councils to adopt a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. A major component of it was the re-commissioning of the Gaia Centre which brings together all strands of VAWG under one roof. We have ensured that addressing VAWG remains a key priority for the council; to make Lambeth a borough in which residents do not have to be fearful of, or experience gender-based violence. I am also proud to co-chair London’s VAWG board.

This work is vitally important as too many women still experience violence – in their homes, on our streets and in our schools and workplaces. One in four women in the UK are affected by sexual or physical violence. On average, every week two women in the UK are killed by their partners. And the Fawcett Society recently found that half of all women have experienced sexual harassment at work.

Political representation remains forefront in Lambeth Labour’s commitment to equality. Our councillors reflect the diversity of our community. Nearly half of Labour councillors are women and we have a woman leader.

Yet the challenge of representation persists. Women make up just 33% of local councillors in England, and only 15% of local authority leaders in England are women.

While we must celebrate our achievements, there is much more to do to finish the work of those suffragettes who came before us. We must continue to prioritise reducing inequality, tackling gender based violence and improving representation. Like the Streatham Suffragette, Labour must and will continue to fight for equality in Lambeth and beyond.

Cllr Lib Peck

Leader of Lambeth Council

100 years after some women got the vote, Lambeth Labour continues to fight for equality

As we celebrate the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918 through which some women got the vote for the first time, we remember how far we’ve come...

From today local residents can ride away on a Santander bike from seven new docking stations in and around Brixton. 

Labour councillors have campaigned for the network to be extended since 2010 and new stations on Sidney Road, Cranmer Road, Wynne Road, Saltoun Road, Normandy Road, St John's Crescent and Ferndale Road were officially opened today by Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite and Dr Will Norman, London's Walking & Cycling Commissioner. 

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Under former Mayor Boris Johnson the bikes were rolled out to Tory-run Wandsworth and affluent postcodes in West London, but Brixton was overlooked, despite huge levels of demand.

However, last year, Lambeth’s transport lead, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, struck a deal with TfL over funding for the new hubs. The installation will be paid for through a combination of Lambeth's annual LIP (Local Implementation Plans) grant from TfL and Section 106 contributions from developers. Operational and maintenance costs will be met by TfL. 

More and more people are using the bicycles, which provide a quick and easy way to travel around the city and will help reduce the congestion on our roads that is contributing to such poor air quality. 

Under Labour, Lambeth has become one of the best places in London for cyclists. Safety has been improved by redesigning dozens of dangerous junctions, including the notorious Kennington Oval intersection and introducing a 20mph speed limit. Thanks to council funding, more cyclists have been trained than any other borough and we’ve made efforts to help people on estates to take up cycling by offering free maintenance courses, increasing the number of hangars and setting up a bike lending library. 

The Santander bikes will be available for £2 per day. To find the nearest docking station, see: www.tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles<http://www.tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles  

Brixton Bikes are finally here

From today local residents can ride away on a Santander bike from seven new docking stations in and around Brixton. 

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