Travel through Lambeth and you’ll discover the amazing diversity that characterises the borough – from the lively South Bank to the residential suburbs of West Norwood, from its vibrant town centres to its relaxing green spaces. We want to work with citizens, businesses and other organisations to help make our neighbourhoods places people enjoy, feel proud to live and work in, and which encourage people to live active and healthy lives.
When neighbourhoods work well, they help to bring people together creating strong communities. We know that people who live in strong communities are less lonely, are less worried about crime, are more engaged and active, and have people to turn to when they need help, support and advice. As a group of partners we cannot create simply strong communities, but we can help to put in place some of the things that enable residents, businesses and voluntary and community groups to bring people together.
We want people to feel safe in their borough, to walk down clean streets, to live on clean estates, and take advantage of the excellent facilities Lambeth has to offer, from good childcare and schools to accessible transport.
As a borough with a young population, it is particularly important that our neighbourhoods and communities are good places to raise children, so that children have access to good education and health, that they are safe, and that families have the support they need. Our schools, children’s centres, community and voluntary groups and health services are crucial here, but as we pursue regeneration and invest in improvements to our neighbourhoods, we want to make sure that we are mindful of the impact on children and young people, and that these changes contribute to making Lambeth a family friendly borough.
These are all areas that people think are important in making their local area a good place to live. They are also some of the top things people think need improving. That’s why we’ll do all we can to ensure our streets and public spaces are kept clean, safe and accessible for all. It’s why we will make significant investment in many of our town centres and public spaces over the next five years, benefitting residents and businesses as well as making them places people want to come and visit. It’s why we will also make sure that all residents can enjoy and participate in cultural and physical activities.
We want our neighbourhoods to keep retain their social mix, with people of different backgrounds living side by side. This is one of the things that people most value about living in Lambeth, but it is threatened by a lack of housing for those on middle income incomes. As a landlord alongside other social housing providers we will continue to improve the quality of social housing in the borough, and where we build new social housing we will make sure it meets our ambitious Housing Design Principles to create good quality homes.
We all have a role to play in making our neighbourhoods places that people feel proud to live and work in, and we know we can’t do this alone. One way we can work together to make our neighbourhoods more sustainable is by improving the way we deal with waste and increasing recycling. Cleaner streets and waste collection are the issues that the most residents identify as being important to them but dealing with waste costs £25.4 million per year and we expect that to increase by £11 million by 2028 if we don’t all do things differently.
We also want to develop neighbourhoods that enable people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives and to help themselves and each other. That’s why we are investing in helping people be healthier and more connected to their communities through being able to enjoy accessible and affordable cultural and physical activities. Our award winning parks will continue play a valuable role in bringing communities together and improving Lambeth residents’ wellbeing, as well as supporting biodiversity and improved air quality.
What we have achieved
Over the last five years there have been almost 1,800 net affordable housing completions and we have invested £435m in improving existing council homes to meet the Lambeth Housing Standard. The private sector offers good quality housing for rent or sale to those with sufficient income. However, we know that there are a large number of residents who currently have no prospect of a home that meets their needs. To tackle this Lambeth has launched the biggest house building programme for a generation to make best use of the space that we have available to us. At the same time, we are campaigning against aspects of central government housing policy that will make it harder to increase the amount of affordable housing available.
Safe and interesting spaces like libraries, leisure centres, community centres, parks and open spaces are things that matter to our local residents. Over the last five years partners in Lambeth have built two new leisure centres, a new library, as well as embarked on a capital programme to improve our parks.
Lambeth has a rich cultural heritage and world-class cultural offer, with the South Bank, Ovalhouse, Brixton Academy, South London Theatre and the Black Cultural Archive. Without forgetting the borough’s smaller cultural groups, clubs and enterprises where the talent of the future are often found.
We have made good progress in making Lambeth a more sustainable borough by improving transport, helping us to become a more cycle and walking friendly borough. This includes the removal of the Tulse Hill gyratory, as well as improved facilities for walking and cycling in West Norwood. We’ve introduced a borough-wide 20mph limit, Cycle Quietways and Superhighways are being built in Oval, Streatham, Waterloo and Clapham and traffic calming projects are being implemented across the borough to reduce road dangers.
We are tackling the causes of pollution to improve air quality through changing parking permits according to vehicle emissions and trialling fixed penalty fines for idling engines. We are working with primary school pupils to carry our air quality monitoring activities and to raise awareness about air pollution.
We are acting sustainably as a Council, consolidating our office buildings, reducing carbon emissions, introducing more flexible working and installing solar panels on our properties. We are also changing our street lighting to LEDs and halving the energy used by street lights.
Our goals and ambitions
Our vision is of a borough with strong and sustainable communities where everyone is able to enjoy a good quality of life and is able to get involved in their communities and feel valued as a local resident. We want our neighbourhoods to retain their social mix, and to be places where people of different ages and backgrounds come together and feel at home. Over the next 10 years, we will work with partners, businesses and communities to:
10 year outcome: Make our streets places people feel proud to live and work in, helping people and businesses reduce their waste and litter through giving them the resources to do so and enforcing where necessary. We will collect waste and clean streets in the busiest areas and times. By 2021 we will have:
- Worked with people and businesses to increase the percentage of waste that is sent for reuse, recycling or composting in order to reduce the amount of residual waste generated per household
- Improved people’s pride in our streets, by maintaining our streets on a regular basis to ensure they are clean and tidy and introducing enforcement to tackle people that behave irresponsibly.
10 year outcome: Make the borough a safer place and keep people safe from harm, by reducing violence in all its forms and reducing the gap between Lambeth and other boroughs, in particular on areas such as violence against women and girls, serious youth violence and gang crime, as well as anti-social behaviour. By 2021 we will have:
- Made the borough safer and reduce the gap between Lambeth and other boroughs, by reducing violence in all its forms.
- Ensured that our residents are less fearful of gender based violence, and that victims of such violence are empowered to take control, with our support.
- Made Lambeth a place for all young people to grow and learn, particularly those in our black and minority ethnic communities who are affected the most, by reducing the levels of risk taking behaviour and serious youth violence.
- Reduced incidences of harassment and anti-social behaviour.
10 year outcome: Make our communities places where people can enjoy a good quality of life and everyone is able to make a contribution and feel valued, designing our public spaces to make them more accessible and supporting groups and businesses to deliver cultural activities for everyone. By 2021 we will have:
- Kept our parks and public spaces clean, well maintained and enjoyable for all
- Ensured that residents live within a 20 minutes’ walk of affordable cultural activities and that 85% of residents are engaged in culture and keep themselves fit and healthy
- Increased the number of Lambeth residents engaged in sport, physical activity, or wider cultural enjoyment as part of routine life, and reduced inequalities in participation between residents living in the most deprived areas, disabled people, older people, girls and young women, and the wider population.
10 year outcome: Enable people to act more sustainably through redesigning highways and town centres to make them safer and encourage walking and cycling. We will also make our homes, buildings and lighting more energy efficient and incentivise environmentally friendly behaviour amongst our residents and businesses. By 2021 we will have:
- Made it easier and safer to walk or cycle around the borough, so that residents shift to more sustainable forms of transport and that more journeys in Lambeth are completed by bike by 2020 and car ownership is reduced.
- Reduced the amount of energy the council uses.
10 year outcome: Increase the quality of Lambeth’s housing. By 2021 we will have:
- Brought all of Lambeth’s council homes up to Lambeth’s Housing Standard and ensured they are maintained to this level.
- Where appropriate, regenerated estates to build high quality housing, in line with our 10 Housing Design Principles, that meets the needs of Lambeth’s families.
- Maintained housing association properties at a decent standard.
- Made sure that private sector tenants are aware of their rights and taken action against rogue landlords.
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