There is no democracy in Lewisham’s one-party state

When Lewisham Council introduced its Lee Green LTN in July 2020 we were assured there would be a proper consultation exercise after the trial period. When we saw the consultation questions in August 2021 we realised that they were skewed towards one outcome: the retention of the LTN in one form or another (see my article). There was little scope for objecting to it overall or for reforming it radically, and it was clear that the use of monitoring data and statistics was unscientific to say the least. 

Now we have the report on the consultation, which will be submitted to the mayor on 12 January for ratification.

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Labour-run Lewisham Council puts profit before housing need

Labour-run Lewisham intends letting flats at private sector rents rather than make them available to people who need them.  Liberal Democrats believe the plan is completely barmy.

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Lewisham Council’s Consultation on the Lee Green LTN

Please make your views known to the Council before 8 August (see 

Although the Council is asking for people’s thoughts and experiences of the Lee Green LTN, the online and paper surveys are predominantly asking us to choose between the first and second versions of the LTN, and we are being nudged in that direction by the two maps, various misleading tables, and questions included in the survey. Anyone who thinks that the whole scheme should be completely rethought will need to send in a detailed response separately, or take full advantage of the ‘further comments’ sections.

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‘My youth is a strength’, says 22-year-old Lib Dem GLA candidate Chris Annous.

Our Lib Dem London Assembly candidate for Greenwich and Lewisham, Chris Annous, sat down with a student journalist to talk about why he is running to represent our local community.

While the majority of graduates fresh out of university probably think about getting on the career ladder, I doubt many dream about becoming their constituency’s representative in the London Assembly. Yet, within five months of graduating, Chris Annous decided to throw his hat into the ring to become the next Greenwich and Lewisham Assembly Member. If elected, he would be the youngest London AM ever. It’s an unusual move for a 22-year-old and begs the obvious question: why?

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Diana Cashin selected for Catford South

Catford resident Diana Cashin has been selected as the Lib Dem candidate to fight the by-election on 6 May. In the 23 years she has lived in the ward Diana has become known as an active campaigner on issues that affect the area, working closely with residents’ associations.

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Margot Wilson selected for Sydenham

Margot Wilson

Margot Wilson has been selected as the Lib Dem candidate to fight the Sydenham by-election on 6 May. Margot, a former teacher of French and English to Speakers of Other Languages, moved to Sydenham in 2011 to be near her family. She appreciates the lively arts scene in Sydenham and is a strong supporter of local independent shops.

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Update on Lee Green's LTN and the school street fiasco

Transparency is not a virtue of Lewisham’s Labour Council. Anyone reading their Commonplace email sent on 1 March about making our streets safer for children might be forgiven for thinking that they plan to introduce school streets near St Winifred’s RC School, Trinity CofE Secondary School, Trinity CofE Primary School,Brindishe Lee School, Brindishe Manor School and St Saviours RC School. This is, however, not the case.

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Lewisham Look-In: Bird feeders

At our second ‘Lewisham Look-In’ several families joined Janet in making Bird Feeders and mixing up a filling for the birds to enjoy. A big drum roll for everyone who took part and to Lila and Hannah for painting the title card. Have a look at some of the results, and try it yourself with the instructions below.
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Toast to the NHS

Each year at our Burns Supper toasts to the Lassies and Lads are part of the tradition, this year Alex Feakes combined both toasts in this tribute to the NHS.

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Lewisham Look-In

Lewisham Liberal Democrats members recently took part in some socially distanced festive activities to learn about making Christmas cards and Gingerbread biscuits. We provide the steps (and some photos of the results!) in the article below.

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Delay over Fire Door Replacements

Concern has been expressed that many fire doors in Lewisham Council owned housing stock fail to meet fire safety requirements. A report to the Council’s Housing Committee in December 2018 stated that over 9,000 properties had Front Entrance Doors (FED) which did not consistently meet the 30 minute fire resistance required under building regulations and needed replacing.

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Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme 26th November Update

Low Traffic Neighbourhood: SUCCESS!

Following lobbying by Lib Dem campaigner, Karen Pratt, the Council has replaced the key-operated barrier on Leahurst Rd with a camera. However, the two planters have been retained and the description of the filter on the Council’s website doesn’t match their recent leaflet.

Ordinary traffic is now allowed to travel from west to east (Hither Green to Lee Green) but emergency vehicles can go in both directions, all through the same gap. In the rush hour this can only result in chaos and possibly fatal delays.

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Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme November Update

164 public questions were submitted to the Lewisham Council meeting on 21 October and a majority of these were about the LTN. It should be noted that all references but one to the Liberal Democrats (in the context of our survey report) were replaced by 'a political party'! The Council held a public consultation meeting by zoom on 22 October, which unfortunately turned into a public information exercise. Feedback suggests that few people were happy with the written answers supplied or with explanations given at both events, although some interesting facts emerged, the most shocking being the sum of £3 million which the Council has already taken in fines from the camera-enforced filters.

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Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme Update

Lewisham Council have announced some changes to the Lewisham and Lee Green Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes. For details of these changes please see: Lewisham Council: Changes to Lewisham and Lee Green Low Traffic Neighbourhood Announced.

We welcome the fact that the Mayor has taken note of the response to our traffic survey and the unprecedented number of questions on this subject which have been submitted for Wednesday's Council meeting. Everyone who submitted a question will receive a written response and may be invited to ask supplementary questions on 21st October.

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Residents unite against Lewisham Council’s traffic scheme

Local residents in Lee Green have given a big thumbs down to the low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) introduced by Lewisham Council.

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