Amélie Treppass, Labour's candidate in Streatham Wells says Labour's plans will take the area from strength to strength:
In two weeks residents in Streatham will go to the polls to decide who runs the council for the next four years. It’s an important election and there’s a lot at stake for Streatham.
I’m standing for Labour because I’m proud of our record in Streatham and ambitious about what we can achieve over the next four years. I really feel that Streatham is on the move and it's time to make sure that all our residents feel involved in the positive changes and opportunities in our area.
We have a lot to be proud of - like the new state of the art Streatham ice and leisure centre. It’s a wonderful facility and already extremely popular with local people. And it sums up Labour’s commitment to the area – a £19m investment, which has provided not just great facilities for local residents but hundreds of new jobs and homes too.
Elsewhere, the Streatham Tate Library recently reopened to the public after a £1.4m refurbishment and expansion. While cash-strapped councils up and down the country have been closing theirs, libraries in Lambeth have stayed open because Lambeth Labour believes that libraries like the Tate are a vital community resource and must be protected and improved.
We’ve also seen a big focus on improving the High Road, with the newly established Streatham Business Improvement District set to channel £1.25m into improving the look and feel of the high street and launching a programme of events and markets.
But while there’s a lot to be proud of there’s also much still to do. That’s why Streatham’s Labour candidates have come together to draw up a series of Streatham pledges. They’re the things we will campaign for if elected on 22 May.
First of all, following on from a good record of expanding local primary schools, we want to see a new local secondary school to relieve the pressure on places.
Secondly, we will take action to ensure the redevelopment of the Megabowl/Caesars sites, including compulsory purchase if appropriate.
Thirdly we will improve Streatham green spaces by supporting the community management of Streatham Common and working towards improved youth facilities both on the Common and in Streatham Vale Park. We know that residents are also keen to improve smaller green spaces collectively which we will support.
Finally, we will take action against street drinking and fly-tipping that we know affects Streatham and promote safer cycling and 20mph zones.
The election is a choice between Labour who are ambitious for Streatham and Streatham Lib Dems who have (despite claiming credit for them) opposed everything Labour has done to improve Streatham – including new schools, our record investment in roads and pavements, and the new leisure centre and ice rink.