Where You Live: Lambeth

Where you live >> Lambeth

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Lambeth’s neighbourhoods, from Streatham to Vauxhall, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Lambeth the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 133,163 Lambeth households and putting an average £445 back into pockets. (Point 2) (GLA, Press Release, 1 February 2012, link: GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link).
  • Investing in local high streets with more than £2.5 million of funding for Lambeth from the Outer London Fund, including over £1.2 million for West Norwood. (Point 6) (GLA, Outer London Fund: Round Two Winners announced, link).
  • Investing in local transport including two orbital rail stations in Lambeth, he has also rolled-out Oyster cards onto national rail, and investing £18.9 million in local transport in Lambeth. (Point 8) (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link)
  • Boris is benefitting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom Pass until 65.
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 133,163 households in Lambeth (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011), putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • Green spaces. 100 green spaces have been created for Lambeth residents to grow their own food (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • 357 street trees. 660 street trees have been planted in Lambeth under Boris Johnson (GLA, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Nearly 3 million for Lambeth from Outer London Fund. Lambeth has received an economic boost of £2.89 million from the Outer London Fund:
  • West Norwood. West Norwood is receiving £1,279,000 to increase local economic. This money will improve shop fronts and roads, such as new surfaces, targeted junction crossing improvements, new benches in selected locations, water fountain restoration and new way-finding signage (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012).
  • Streatham Town Centre. Streatham Town Centre is receiving £1,617,835 to support public works and carry out business support and community development activities. This money will improve shop fronts as well as re-modelling the central reservation. This investment is aimed at promoting safety and reduce fear of crime (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000 (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 996 more patrols per month in Lambeth. In 2010-11 there were 996 more patrols per month in Lambeth than in 2008-9. (London Assembly, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 22 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Lambeth have fallen. Since May 2008, Lambeth has seen a 9.6% decrease in total crime and a 7.5% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 2.6% and bus crime has fallen 28.6% (MPS Statistics, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Sept 04-April 08).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded nine sport participation programmes in Lambeth so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 11 organisations in Lambeth are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants. 3 organisations in Lambeth are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £18.9 million for local transport in Lambeth. In 2011 £1.16 million was invested in projects including improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities in Oval, Stockwell, Vassall, Coldharbour, Ferndale, Larkhall and Clapham Town areas of the borough. As part of its plans to become the country's first cooperative council, Lambeth Council is developing a new 'community led' approach to designing transport improvements, working much more closely with residents through its 'Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme'. This  funding will help get this off the ground in the pilot wards of Oval, Vassall, Coldharbour, Ferndale, Larkhall and Clapham Town (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).


  • Upgrade of the London Underground. Reliability on the Northern and Victoria lines is being improved as part of the Tube upgrade programme secured by Boris Johnson:
    • Northern Line. When the upgrade is completed in 2014 capacity will have been improved by one fifth, meaning the line can carry an additional 11,000 passengers per hour at peak time.  Passengers will also see an 18% reduction in journey time (TfL Website, Northern line upgrade plan, link).
    • Victoria Line. New trains and signalling has increased capacity by 21%, meaning that from 2013,the line will be able to carry an additional 10,000 passengers per hour at peak time. Passengers will also see a 16% reduction in journey time (TfL Website, Victoria line upgrade plan, link).


  • London Overground. London’s first orbital railway, has two stations in Lambeth. Lambeth will benefit from London’s first orbital railway, with two London Overground stations in the borough Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road.(TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link)
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Lambeth is now the 5th highest oyster- using borough on national rail services (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works by utility companies in those boroughs, such as Lambeth, which has recently adopted the scheme (GLA, Press Release, 11 January 2010, link London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, link).


  • Bus improvements. 19 bus routes in Lambeth have been expanded and/or improved under Boris Johnson. (TFL, Bus service changes borough by borough, May 2008-January 2012)
  • Bendy Buses removed. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses, saving more than  £7 million a year (TFL, Press Release, 2011, link).
  • Lambeth had two bendy bus routes removed. Former bendy bus routes 436 and 12 which run through the borough of Lambeth have had the bendy bus withdrawn (TfL, Press Release, 13 November 2009, link).


  • Cycle Superhighways. Three Cycle Superhighways set to run through Lambeth – Cycle Superhighway 5 will run from Lewisham to Victoria by 2013; Cycle Superhighway 6 will run from Penge to the City by 2015; Cycle Superhighway 7 is open and runs from Merton to the City (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link)


  • Boris Johnson has been a strong supporter of regenerating the Thames’ river service. Lambeth is near two piers – London Eye Pier and Festival Pier – which have benefitted from Boris Johnson’s strong support of regenerating the Thames’ river services. (TfL Website, ‘River Map’, link).
  • Oysteried Thames Clippers. Boris Johnson funded £400,000 in 2009 to Oysterise Thames Clippers, helping to reduce ticket fares by 33% for London’s commuters. Thames Clipper services run on Lambeth’s London Eye Pier (Thames Clipper Route Map, link; TfL, Mayor announces Oysterisation of Thames Clipper river services, 23 November 2009, link).


  • 2,180 total affordable housing units completed in Lambeth. 1,360 social rented and 800 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Lambeth between 2008/09 and 2010/11. (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006,1007,1008).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Lambeth in four years than Ken Livingstone made in eight. Boris Johnson has visited Lambeth 28 times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Lambeth just eight times in his eight years as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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