Labour's been sent off: Now time for a fresh start at Lewisham

Today fans at The Den celebrate after Lewisham Labour finally accepted it’s game over for its plan to grab land around Millwall stadium and threaten the future of the club in the borough. Now we need a fresh leadership and a fresh regeneration plan – led by the community.

Lewisham Liberal Democrats called for the council to scrap the ‘New Bermondsey’ plans altogether and to start again three weeks ago. Now after Labour finally pulls away from the plan it hatched with the developer Renewal, we urge that any regeneration plan in the future needs to fully involve the community and the Lions.

We do not believe that the community or the club can trust any such move by the council with Steve Bullock at the helm, and so think he should consider his position and resign as Mayor. The Lib Dems would scrap the position of Mayor, which leads to too many decisions being made without proper debate, behind closed doors.

There should also be an independent inquiry into how a plan that would have forced out Millwall could ever have got so far, not a whitewash. Bobby Dean, parliamentary spokesman for Lewisham Deptford, said:

“We are pleased that long after the community blew the whistle on this land-grab, Labour’s finally dropped the plan.

“Now let’s have a fresh leadership and a fresh regeneration plan – and never again leave the community and the Lions out in the cold as decisions on our future are made behind closed doors.”

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