“OVERTURN MILLWALL FC COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDERS NOW” SAYS LEADING SCRUTINY COUNCILLOR ALAN HALL: 45 Councillors back his call for Independent Inquiry

Tonight, Monday, 23rd January 2017, Lewisham Council’s non-executive councillors backed the London authority’s leading Labour Scrutiny Councillor Alan Hall in his call for an Independent Inquiry into the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation. Councillor Alan Hall said the Foundation’s key role in securing support for the controversial New Bermondsey Development in Lewisham should be the subject …

Surrey Canal Sports Foundation – My Letter to Barry Quirk, Chief Executive – Lewisham Council

Following a report in The Guardian I have taken the unusual step of writing formally to the Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lewisham, Barry Quirk CBE. The full text of my letter is here: Dear Barry,  Surrey Canal Sports Foundation  Earlier today, The Guardian published an article on the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation. The article …

Lewisham Council – Community, Civic and Public Services

Some key things happened at the full Lewisham Council meeting held on Wednesday, 18th January 2017. The most significant one being a very moving performance of a selection of songs by the Cantonial Choir and Catford Synagogue led by Rev David Rome to mark Holocaust Momorial Day. Lewisham’s event is at the Rivoli Ballroom on …

TORY GOVERNMENT MUST FUND NHS PROPERLY NOW

Under instruction from the Government, new health proposals across England have been drawn up called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs): The STP for our area called “Our Healthier South East London” has now been published with the far greater detail requested by Lewisham Labour. We are worried about the severe funding cuts to the NHS …

Lewisham’s Ambulance Response Times On the Up after Council Questions

Councillor Alan Hall, Chair of Lewisham Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, called in the London Ambulance Service this week to respond and explain why ambulance service response times are slower in Lewisham than those in neighbouring boroughs. At a Town Hall scrutiny meeting on Tuesday 19th July London Ambulance Service’s Assistant Director of Operations Graham Norton …

Bellingham By Election – Sue storms home to victory

Sue Hordijenko, Lewisham Labour’s candidate, won the  Bellingham By-Election with 57% of the vote on Thursday, 21st July. Sue has pledged to work hard for residents of Bellingham on Lewisham Council taking up issues like the Bakerloo Line extension to Lower Sydenham and improving Beckenham Place Park. Sue said: ‘I have never, ever, felt more proud …

Lewisham Labour Supports WASPI Campaign

Lewisham Labour supports the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign. A motion calling on the Government to rethink their current state pension arrangements was agreed by Lewisham Council in July. The text is here. Women born on or after 6th April 1951 have been unfairly affected by the changes to State Pension Age. Many have been pushed …

Loss of Lewisham MP seat would be a Travesty – Boundary Commission should rethink plans

Leading Lewisham Councillor Alan Hall has attacked plans to cut Lewisham’s representation in Parliament following changes currently recommended by the Boundary Commission. Cllr Alan Hall has demanded a ‘rethink’ by the Commission because, despite an increase of Lewisham’s voters this year by nearly one fifth (18%), the Commission is set to cut Lewisham’s MPs from …

PROPOSED NEW CHANGES TO SE LONDON NHS IN DANGER OF CAUSING ‘BACK DOOR’ CLOSURES OF A&E DEPARTMENTS

The lead scrutiny councillor on Lewisham Council, Alan Hall, is calling on ministers and NHS bosses to ensure that a review of orthopaedic services in south east London does not become a back-door programme to close Accident and Emergency departments. Cllr Alan Hall, Chair of the borough’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, was commenting on the …