Rachel Alexander was the Green Party candidate. Find out more about their policies from the Green Party Lambeth local election Local manifesto.
Statement to voters
Lambeth Green Party People's Priorities:
1. New and renewed homes
A building programme of new, genuinely affordable homesfor Lambeth withoutdemolishing estates against residents' wishes.This includes ballot of residents, and financial support to create their own plans. All new developments to include 65% genuinely affordable housing with 50% at council rent.[See A Green Vision for Housing in Lambeth 1]
2. A full library service
Lambeth's library service will be run as a community-staff mutual trust.This would save all 10 libraries and their services. They would be staffed and led by professional librarians. No gifting of libraries, rent-free, to private companies to run as gyms or cinemas –and no expenditure of millions of pounds on building costs on their behalf.
3. Protected Green spaces
Lambeth’s green spaces are the lungs of Lambeth -important to our physical, emotional and mental health and our common responsibility. They will beprotected from commercial exploitation.The community will have a full say in what does, and does not take place on them. There will be a complete overhaul of the Lambeth’s discredited Events Strategy with full participation from residents.
4. Better transport
We will make itsafer, easier & cheaper to walk, cycle or use public transport in Lambeth. We will make our streets less hostile to pedestrians and cyclists so it becomes no hardship to leave the car at home. We will ensure that the remaining streets under local authority control that still aren't 20 mph, become so. We will lobby for safer crossings for pedestrians, filter rat-running from back roads, and create safe zones with parking restrictions around schools.We will lobby TfL to make all red routes within the borough 20 mph and lobby the Government and TfL for better, fully accessible, transport links to areas of Lambeth, like Streatham, which need them.
5. Cleaner air
Urgent action will be taken to tackle the health crisis of polluted air in Lambeth. Steps to reduce pollution from cars (see our transport priority) plus action to end Lambeth’s own contributions to air pollution including ending waste incineration and building clean air clauses into all council contracts for new buildings and services.We will lobby the Mayor of London for the Low Emission Zone to cover the whole of Lambeth.
6. Cleaner and greener streets
We will defend weekly bin collections and introduce free regular collections of bulky waste with more action to deter fly tipping.We will be transparent and honest and hold a people’s inquiry into Lambeth’s misrepresentation of recycling and fly-tipping statistics. We will introduce bins on all Lambeth's streets and in parks which allow for recycling.
7. Local shops and business prioritised
Planningpreference will be given to small, independent businesses, and we will put a greater emphasis on local procurement for Lambeth Council’s services. We will work with local supermarkets and businesses to make Lambeth’s the first “Single-Use-Plastic-Free” high streets in London.
8. Sound council finances
Lambeth Council’s finances must bewell managed and no longer a soft touch for developers. There must be increased scrutiny of finances, so we will welcome citizen auditors and cut allowances for councillors, diverting the money to help and support Lambeth’s most vulnerable residents.We will conduct a citizens inquiry into where the £89.6 million that Lambeth Council received after destroying housing co-ops and selling off short-life housing has been spent, and why none has been spent on new council housing.
9. A more representative council
We want to move away from the centralised cabinet system towards a committee system.Scrutiny Committees should rotate their chairs between the ruling party and opposition parties. Pilots of participatory budgeting should be introduced so there is an ongoing deliberative process which engages residents in setting the borough's budgeting priorities.
10. A clear stand against austerity and inequality, & defence of the vulnerable
Greens will make the council fight Conservative austerity.We will reduce the council’s Public Relations budget and instead use it to protect and support those struggling to pay council tax.We will introduce a 10:1 Pay Ratio across the council, so no council employee earns more than ten times the lowest paid employee.We will defend Green success in getting Lambeth Council to introduce a Living Wage, and end the use of bailiffs for those who fall into council tax arrears.
This statement was added by Rachel Alexander, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Rachel Alexander may be appearing.
(Past event) Saturday 21 April 2018 15:00–17:00: Lambeth Housing Local Election Hustings Question Time, The Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton SW9 7PH.
(Past event) Thursday 19 April 2018 18:30–21:30: People's Audit Hustings, Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre (VGCC), 5 Glasshouse Walk, Lambeth SE11 5ES.
(Past event) Monday 16 April 2018 14:00–16:30: Lambeth Pan-Disability Forum Hustings, “We are 336”, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA.
(Past event) Wednesday 11 April 2018 19:00: Streatham Action Local Election Hustings, 2 Empire Mews, Streatham SW16 2BF.
(Past event) Monday 9 April 2018 19:00–22:00: Queer Question Time- South London, The Two Brewers, 114 Clapham High Street SW4 7 UJ.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2018: The Lambeth local election, as the Green Party candidate for the Ferndale
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