Lambeth's Green party stepped up it's campaigning against council housing in the borough today (5th April), choosing to launch their national campaign for the local elections on an estate in Gipsy Hill where a majority of residents support rebuilding. The Greens set out their opposition to plans to rebuild Central Hill estate, which will provide new and better homes for local people and more council homes to tackle the housing crisis, in direct opposition to the residents on the estate who support the rebuilding.
Lambeth council is committed to rebuilding Central Hill estate in Gipsy Hill because there are too many homes in a poor condition that the council cannot afford to refurbish due to government funding cuts. The independent consultation run last year found that 55% of council tenants supported the rebuilding of the estate, with overall 47% of all residents supporting the rebuilding and 39% being opposed.
Lambeth Labour has guaranteed that all council tenants will get a brand new home on the estate at council rent, that leaseholders get offered above market value for their home and are given affordable options for a new home on the rebuilt estate and that there will be an increase in the number of council homes on the estate.
Across Lambeth, we're delivering on our ambitious commitment for 1000 new council rent homes and we’ve laid out our positive manifesto which includes building new council homes, bringing in new rights for private renters and spending more to tackle homelessness.
By contrast, the Greens have no solution to tackling the housing crisis in Lambeth and have opposed every single one of Labour's plans over the last four years to build new council homes.
Councillor Matthew Bennett said:
"The Greens have launched their campaign on an estate where a majority of council tenants are actually in favour of rebuilding. That’s because tenants want new and better homes which we are committed to giving them.
The Greens are opposed to that and have opposed new council houses across Lambeth and London. And that sums up their approach – they offer slogans, but no solutions.
That's why support for the Greens in London is collapsing because it's Labour that is building genuinely affordable homes, cleaning up our environment and tackling inequality."
Read our full manifesto at https://lambeth-labour-manifesto.org/housing/