BY ROB DALE at Lambeth Town Hall
Lambeth Council met yesterday for its first full meeting since the London Mayoral Elections.
Protesters from the Lambeth Women’s Project, who face eviction from their base in Stockwell Road, gathered outside the town hall, Brixton Hill,to distribute leaflets and bang pots and pans before the meeting.
Inside the council chamber, the Lambeth Youth Council delivered their annual report, with the new Young Mayor, fourteen year-old, Simone Lala, being inaugurated in front of all councillors.
The Youth Council is a youth leadership and participation project for 11 to 19 year olds living in the borough. They host their first monthly Youth Council meeting later today.
Representatives from the Corporate Parenting team also delivered their yearly report to the council. Their presentation looked at issues that affect looked after children and had several of the councillors on the verge of tears.
Other issues discussed include prostitution, revoking of car parking fines, the future of libraries, homeslessness and squatting. In total, there were 20 motions on the agenda – a list of which can be found here.
Towards the end of the meeting, Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Reed (Labour) gave a speech titled ‘I love Lambeth’. Opposite councillors on the Conservative and Liberal Democrat benches dismissed the speech for focusing more on his party’s policies; one quipped that the speech should have been titled ‘I love Labour’.
Nonetheless, councillors from all parties followed Cllr Reed’s lead and shared their views on why they love Lambeth.
The public gallery remained largely empty throughout. The Brixton Blog will post further reports from motions discussed at the meeting in due course.