Up and down the country, leisure services have been suffering under this government’s cuts.
Around 500 libraries nationwide have had to close their doors, funding for parks has taken a huge hit and leisure centres have been shut down.
That’s not the case in Lambeth. Though we’ve lost almost 50% of our funding – meaning we’ve had to find millions of pounds of savings across our budgets – we’ve kept all your libraries, parks and leisure centres open.
In fact, they’re not just open, but flourishing.
We’ve saved all your libraries, with Streatham and Clapham even benefitting from fantastic new refurbishments.
Our parks are blooming. 11 of our beautiful Lambeth parks have now been awarded Green Flag status, which means they are nationally recognised for their excellence.
And, even more impressive, we’ve actually built three new leisure centres in Clapham, Streatham and Norwood, at no cost to the tax-payer.
And now we’re allowing you as local residents to have more of a say than ever before on how these important services are run. You can now get involved as a ‘Friend’ of your local library or park, and under our co-operative model, have a hands-on say in what happens to them.
They’re your resource, so we believe you should have your say in there future.
Lambeth Labour care about vital community spaces like parks, libraries and leisure centres. We believe this is demonstrable in everything we’ve done over the last four years, and our pledge is to continue to aim high.
On the other hand, the Lambeth Lib Dems and Tories opposed the new leisure centres in Streatham and Clapham. In fact, they even opposed something as celebratory as the Black Cultural Archives coming to Windrush Square.