Our vibrant town centres
Lambeth Labour has invested in our town centres, opening new leisure centres in West Norwood, Streatham and Clapham and delivering major improvements to the public realm across the borough. Working together with the Mayor of London we’ll deliver a new town square in Waterloo, further improvements along Streatham High Road and remove the dangerous Vauxhall and Tulse Hill Gyratories.
Libraries are at the heart of our neighbourhoods but across the country, hundreds of libraries have closed. Despite huge funding cuts from central government we’ve kept all 10 of our libraries open. We will open the fully refurbished West Norwood Library this summer, maintain our fantastic library service and support groups like the Upper Norwood Library Trust and the Carnegie Community Trust.
We’ve worked with local businesses from our high streets to the South Bank to establish seven Business Improvement Districts, winning the ballot to renew Streatham’s BID with over 90% support from businesses. We campaigned against the Conservative government’s anti-London business rate hikes last year and supported hard-hit businesses through a discretionary discount scheme. We’ll support Brixton BID in their renewal ballot this autumn and continue to support local employers and shops on our high streets.
Local businesses and entrepreneurs have been supported by Lambeth Labour. We used our planning powers to protect business space from being converted into substandard flats, and we’ve set up affordable workspace for local businesses on council land. At Pop Brixton we’ve helped over 200 local businesses have space to succeed, supporting 400 jobs.
We’ve created discounted space for start-ups in the refurbished Town Hall and we’re building a new space for catering businesses to expand in Loughborough Junction. We’ll create at least 140,000 square foot of affordable workspace across Lambeth over the next four years, helping to create hundreds of new jobs. We’ll prioritise local businesses and start-ups, offer discounted space on council land and require it in new commercial developments so that local businesses aren’t priced out of the borough.
Lambeth is a borough which relies on public transport. We’ve secured cleaner, low-emission buses and worked with the Mayor to bring in the hour-long ‘hopper’ ticket to make bus travel fairer and more affordable. Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall are all served by the Night Tube with the Mayor travelling from Brixton on the first Night Tube train. We’re also investing millions in the extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Nine Elms and on to Battersea.
Train travel, especially in the south of the borough is just not good enough. We’ve been campaigning for years to sack Southern Rail and hand control of our commuter train services from Southern, Thameslink and Southeastern to TfL and the Mayor of London. This has been blocked by the Tory government, u-turning on a previous commitment to bring the London Overground to Gipsy Hill, West Norwood and Streatham’s train stations. We will continue to fight for better train services, bringing all commuter services under TfL and the control of the Mayor of London, not failing privatised rail companies.