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CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
Anybody else read that Lambeth Life paper which comes through the letterbox? Te latest edition had the whole of the front page plus pages 4 and 5 celebrating the new Mayor of Lambeth - Ibrahim Dogus.

Things were clarified a little turning to page 10 - where there is a letter from the publisher - Ibrahim Dogus.

According to the mast head Lambeth Life is distributed free in the (named) wards of the Vauxhall constituency. It certainly went out in Coldharbour, maybe more.

I don't agree with the tone of all the articles, though it's fascinating to hear that Mayor Dogus has progressed from Kurdish refugee to "Kebab King of London". The article about the residents rally against "Kennington Stage" (yet another yuppy flats development with no social housing on the site of the former Lambeth Workhouse) alerted me to something I didn't know before.

Not sure I subscribe to the very liberal approach to Drill Music in Lambeth Life. I think Youtube generally deserves an overhaul. It may not have created the knife crime epidemic and the anti-vaxers and the Alt-right loonies and racists, but it algorithmically magnifies them (IMHO).
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Cherry Tree Children’s Centre campaigners are launching a crowdfunder to fight Lambeth Council. Good for them.
Cherry Tree Children’s Centre campaigners launch crowdfunder to fight Lambeth Council
I was helping to run a stall at Brixton Rec where BRUG were asking parent and children what extra classes / services they want. The kind of thing people were asking for is what this , now to be cut , children's centre offer.

I was talking to a women who has a child with special needs. Seems to me so much had been cut that parents , who aren't that well off, have increasingly little support.

And posters here get more worked up about you pointing out the new demographic in Brixton.

I really feel some posters here don't live in the same world as me nor get out there and deal with the real world of what is happening to ordinary residents.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
You know how Twitter suggests you follow people its algorithms tell it you might like or dislike. Today for some reason it suggested to me "Sonia Winfred - Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Cognitive Behaviour (CBT) Therapist"

I think that as a public person whose tweets are emanations from the ruling élite at Lambeth Town Hall she should consider revising her description. How about Labour Councillor and Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture?

Sonia Winifred has had boundary issues before. When she first stood as a councillor whilst in council employment, she was disqualified from taking up her council post, had to resign her day job and then stand again in a by-election - costing the council hundreds if not thousands of pounds because her Labour agent apparently cocked up on advising her on electoral law.
ttps://twitter.com/SoniaWinifred
 

BusLanes

Pedestrian
Had there been some new issue with Lambeth cutting / trimming council owned or controlled gardens and verges recently?

I just started noticing this last week that compared to Croydon or Wandsworth they're looking a bit unkept.
 

colacubes

Well-Known Member
Had there been some new issue with Lambeth cutting / trimming council owned or controlled gardens and verges recently?

I just started noticing this last week that compared to Croydon or Wandsworth they're looking a bit unkept.
Seems to be ok West Norwood end. I see them regularly trimming them here.
 

BusLanes

Pedestrian
Seems to be ok West Norwood end. I see them regularly trimming them here.
I was at a house party that was on a street bordering Wandworth and Lambeth and the Wandsworth side was noticeably clearer. Now tbf most of that was private (so not council job) by still not sure one side didn't bother to cut but the other did
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
Had there been some new issue with Lambeth cutting / trimming council owned or controlled gardens and verges recently?

I just started noticing this last week that compared to Croydon or Wandsworth they're looking a bit unkept.
Depends which part of the borough, as there are - IIRC - 3 different companies with contracts for groundskeeping of common parts.
 

AB__

New Member
I'm not sure which thread is relevant to ask this question in... If a burglar enters the main door to a council property using the Fire Brigade Key, is there anything that can be done to prevent them doing this again? I've asked Lambeth Council about this and they suggested a key re-programme but said if it is a normal master key "the issue may continue". The issue being risk of burglars getting in again! I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about what steps could potentially be taken to prevent anyone with an Ebay Fire Key gaining access to the main door of a block of flats?
 

ricbake

working out how
I'm not sure which thread is relevant to ask this question in... If a burglar enters the main door to a council property using the Fire Brigade Key, is there anything that can be done to prevent them doing this again? I've asked Lambeth Council about this and they suggested a key re-programme but said if it is a normal master key "the issue may continue". The issue being risk of burglars getting in again! I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about what steps could potentially be taken to prevent anyone with an Ebay Fire Key gaining access to the main door of a block of flats?
I would ask the fire brigade if they have alternate keys to use under these circumstances, get some detail of it, if any, and then pass that to the housing officer with a request to get it fitted. Perhaps set up an IP camera to catch the culprit.
 

AB__

New Member
I would ask the fire brigade if they have alternate keys to use under these circumstances, get some detail of it, if any, and then pass that to the housing officer with a request to get it fitted. Perhaps set up an IP camera to catch the culprit.
Thanks for your advice. I have contacted the Fire Brigade using their online contact form and I hope to hear from them soon. I will be setting up a camera. Anyone in the Brixton Hill/Streatham Hill area my neighbours tell me that the likely culprits are 4 white men people posing as workmen. Neighbours thought they were council workers/police/bailiffs and didn't want to get involved/thought it was nothing to do with them. Please keep an eye out for your neighbours.
 

BusLanes

Pedestrian
I'm not sure which thread is relevant to ask this question in... If a burglar enters the main door to a council property using the Fire Brigade Key, is there anything that can be done to prevent them doing this again? I've asked Lambeth Council about this and they suggested a key re-programme but said if it is a normal master key "the issue may continue". The issue being risk of burglars getting in again! I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about what steps could potentially be taken to prevent anyone with an Ebay Fire Key gaining access to the main door of a block of flats?
I suspect you will need to get the council/Fire Brigade on board with a key change - There's a block or two in Brixton Hill/Tulse Hill area that seem to have replaced the old fire key arrangement with a regular key in it's place - not sure when/how that happened.
 

AB__

New Member
I suspect you will need to get the council/Fire Brigade on board with a key change - There's a block or two in Brixton Hill/Tulse Hill area that seem to have replaced the old fire key arrangement with a regular key in it's place - not sure when/how that happened.
I'll definitely check with the Fire brigade the pros and cons of this. I wouldn't want to stop them being able to get in if there is a fire.... but if anyone can go and buy one of these keys and crowbar their way into council flats, what's the point of having an intercom system?
 

lang rabbie

Je ne regrette les gazebos
I'm not sure which thread is relevant to ask this question in... If a burglar enters the main door to a council property using the Fire Brigade Key, is there anything that can be done to prevent them doing this again? I've asked Lambeth Council about this and they suggested a key re-programme but said if it is a normal master key "the issue may continue". The issue being risk of burglars getting in again! I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about what steps could potentially be taken to prevent anyone with an Ebay Fire Key gaining access to the main door of a block of flats?
Very little. Anecdotally it seems that a lot of fire keys are at risk of being put out of action because they are regularly used by courier drivers to get into blocks to leave parcels by front doors. [CRUDE HEIGHTIST STEREOTYPE] The average courier driver is apparently considerably shorter than the minimum height for a [male] firefighter from when the spec for fire keys was first set, and end up jumping up and down to get the fire key into the mechanism and twist the lock in the process[/CRUDE HEIGHTIST STEREOTYPE]
 
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