Lambeth Labour has committed to maintaining weekly bin collections as part of its manifesto for May’s local elections.
Despite government funding cuts of over £250 million forced on Lambeth council by the Conservatives, Labour has pledged to protect weekly collections of residual waste and recycling. Across the country, over three-quarters of councils have abandoned weekly collections due to government cuts in funding but Lambeth has always maintained the service.
Since 2014, Lambeth Labour has saved £450,000 a year by introducing new green bins and at the same time increased the rate of recycling.
Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing said: “Collecting people’s bins is the most basic service that the council delivers – and residents rightly expect that it should happen regularly and efficiently.
We guarantee to collect people’s bins every week – it’s one of the key services that residents pay their council tax for. We’re able to do that because Labour has managed Lambeth council well, improving services and cutting down on waste despite huge government cuts.
And after the Green Party leader, who is standing for election in Lambeth, went on national TV to argue for an end to weekly collections, residents rightly are concerned that Lambeth could end up looking like Brighton when it was run by the Greens, with huge mounds of rubbish piled up in the streets.”
Ambitious plans to make Lambeth cleaner and greener are at the heart of Labour’s manifesto. Labour has committed to continuing its record investment in fixing potholes and resurfacing roads. The Vale Street recycle and refuse centre will be kept open and free to use, and we will continue our crackdown on fly-tipping and littering by expanding the street enforcement team.
Labour’s full manifesto for a better, fairer Lambeth is available at lambeth-labour-manifesto.org
Lambeth Council announced a new wave of tree planting in the borough, including various roads in Thurlow Park. We’ve always championed the planting of trees in the ward and are really pleased that this further programme will bring the overall number of trees Lambeth wide since 2009 up to 4,000.
This is good news for our community and continues our pledge to make local streets cleaner and greener for residents.
The planting of new trees will include:
Ardlui Raod Lancaster Avenue Romola Road Rosendale Road Thurlow Hill
Whilst contributing to creating a more attractive environment for all, tree planting will also improve the overall environmental quality, (including air quality and noise reduction), of our roads and local community.
The tree species will be carefully selected and will be appropriate for their locations.
Trees benefit local communities in many ways including:- * They absorb greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, which in turn helps to combat climate change. * They offer not only shade as protection from the sun, but also cool places for people to enjoy during periods of high temperature. * They intercept rainwater helping to prevent localised flooding. * They are an essential element of our local biodiversity, supporting wildlife through providing habitats for feeding and breeding as well as shelter. * They can help to reduce noise pollution within the busy environment if they are planted as dense walls, hedges or avenues.
Although the enforcement team has issued over 500 fines across the borough, the main purpose of the team is to engender behaviour change, hence their visits to numerous streets across the borough. Through engaging with residents, advising them of collection times and days, what to recycle and the options to dispose of green and bulky waste it, the enforcement team has seen improvements when they return to a street.