Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck, has welcomed Natalie Bennett's decision to cancel today's planned visit to the Cressingham Gardens estate and called on the Green Party Leader to stop playing politics with the future of the estate.
Cllr Peck said the Green Party should acknowledge that Lambeth’s plans will lead to an increase in social housing on Cressingham and that nobody will be moved - all tenants and leaseholders will be given the right to stay. She also pointed out the estate will remain under council control and, despite Green rhetoric about "social cleansing", new homes would be offered to local people first.
Cllr Peck said:
“I’m pleased Natalie Bennett has called off her visit to Cressingham Gardens. While she’s busy playing party politics, we’re getting on with more important job of delivering better and more social homes for people in Lambeth.
"Natalie Bennett uses offensive language like “social cleansing” to whip up fear, but we are building more social homes to make sure Lambeth keeps its mixed communities. We’re also guaranteeing all tenants and leaseholders the right to stay.
"Residents need a voice who will make sure they can remain part of the community and live in modern, affordable housing. Yet Lambeth Greens consistently oppose all attempts to build new social housing in Lambeth."
- We are improving existing council homes with a £490m programme of investment to bring all council homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard, despite a 60% reduction in government grant in 2010.
- No one is being moved off the estate – all tenants and leaseholders will be able to stay.
- All new homes will be offered to local people first.
- The estate will remain under council control.
- In Lambeth we are serious about building 1,000 new council homes over the next four years to address the housing crisis London faces. Currently Lambeth has 21,000 people on our waiting list for social housing.
- That means using the land we own to build more homes and working with our council tenants and leaseholders to redesign estates such as Cressingham Gardens.
- We want to improve existing council homes and to build more social rented properties.