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Liaison with Lambeth

As at December 2009, we are currently increasing the number of key contacts we have with Lambeth Council and related bodies with a view to relaunching the Local Government Group.

Here is a short note of a productive meeting 3 of us had with the Director of Lambeth First on December 14th LambethFirstMtg14Dec09

Note of second meeting on March 11th 2010 LambethFirstMtg11Mar10

General local government material

London 21 report January 2008: Thirty-three ways forward? Climate change in London: Action by local government

Local Government Association Climate Change Commission web page and report

Lambeth related material

Lambeth Environment and Community Safety Scrutiny Sub-Committee Action Plan response to the:

Lambeth Climate Change Commission report and recommendations

Agenda document for Cabinet Meeting Monday Jan 28 2008

Sustainable Community Strategy

This will be the core stategy for Lambeth from now until 2020 that will inform the Local Development Framework – the planning document that will supercede the current UDP in 2009 (see work on the Built Environment Group page). The consultation ended on Friday 29 February. We were disappointed that it had nothing about environmental sustainability in it and that it took no account of changing circumstance (including recession) imposed by nature.

TTB SCS Consultation Submissions

On Monday 25 February 2008 the TTB Open Meeting focussed on this consultation and 4 working groups came up with ideas that were submitted to the consultation. TTB also made a central submission which cited the Governments’ Sustainable Community Act (October 2007) Lambeth must ‘sign up’ to this in order to get central government help for local sustainability projects. This Act is extraordinarily enlightened but was passed after the Lambeth consultation run by Lambeth First was begun. The schedule of ‘matters to which local authorities must have regard’ amounts to a manifesto for localisation and is worth quoting here:

Sustainable Communities Act

1 The matters referred to in section 2 are—
(a) the provision of local services,
(b) the extent to which the volume and value of goods and services that are—
(i) offered for sale; or
(ii) procured by public bodies
and are produced within 30 miles (or any lesser distance as may be specified by a local authority in respect of its area) of their place of sale or of the boundary of the public body,
(c) the rate of increase in the growth and marketing of organic forms of food production and the local food economy,
(d) measures to promote reasonable access by all local people to a supply of food that is adequate in terms of both amount and nutritional value,
(e) the number of local jobs,
(f) measures to conserve energy and increase the quantity of energy supplies which are produced from sustainable sources within a 30 mile radius of the region in which they are consumed,
(g) measures taken to reduce the level of road traffic including, but not restricted to, local public transport provision, measures to promote walking and cycling and measures to decrease the amount of product miles,
(h) the increase in social inclusion, including an increase in involvement in local democracy,
(i) measures to increase mutual aid and other community projects,
(j) measures designed to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases,
(k) measures designed to increase community health and well being,
(l) planning policies which would assist with the purposes of this Act, including new arrangements for the provision of affordable housing, and
(m) measures to increase the use of local waste materials for the benefit of the community.
2 In this Schedule the following terms shall have the following meanings—
“local services” includes, but is not restricted to, retail outlets, public houses, banks, health facilities, including hospitals and pharmacies, legal services, social housing, post offices, schools, public eating places, leisure facilities and open spaces;
“local food economy” means a system of producing, processing and trading primarily organic forms of food production, where the activity is largely contained in the area or region where the food was produced;
“local jobs” mean—
(a) jobs in companies or organisations that in the opinion of the appropriate authority will spend a significant proportion of their turnover in the locality of the place of operation; and
(b) jobs which are held by people living within 30 miles of that job;
“mutual aid” means actions or initiatives by people in the community to improve services or provisions for themselves and other persons in the community;
“product miles” means the total distance produce is transported from the place of growth or production to the place of consumption;
“social inclusion” means the opportunity for all people resident in any area to play an equal role in the economic, social and civic life of the area;
“local democracy” means the ability to participate, by means of voting at elections or otherwise, in decision-making that is as local as practicable to people’s place of residence; and
“community health and well-being” means the degree to which persons resident in an area identify with that area and receive an increased quality of life as a result of the nature and the environment of the area.

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