*Wednesday 11am update – sometimes, a half baked blog post generates a far better response in the comments kindly posted…*
Righto, so after the slight overnight hiccups when @LambethLabour rolled out a fancy new website (second one this year, natch,) our friends assembling under the red banner in the borough have now sorted out the slight glitches.
The Sport and Leisure Expansion section has some beef on the bone, after the rather vague (but probably accurate) “TBC” content.
I’ll need a tally chart soon, to keep track of all those fancy new leisure centres that are about to be built…
We all know about Streatham – good news, but legal planning permission, plus further Tesco dithering, may still get in the way of the whole Hub project.
West Norwood and Waterloo are simply election pledges, and should be taken with the pinch of salt that they deserve.
Kennington is a whole different kettle of fish. I refer you to the ever fine @se11_lurker for the finer points on the continued delay of turning over the old Lillian Baylis site to “community control,” as the @LambethLabour manifesto claims. This delay is currently costing tax payers in Lambeth £380,000 per anum.
Meanwhile the “complete upgrade” of works to Brixton Rec is running one month behind schedule. The reason? The previous complete upgrade of works to Brixton Rec back in 2007, all £2,7m of it, was a bodge job.
And then we come to…
Free swimming for every resident at specific times, and for under-18s and over-60s at all times.
First of all, we can dismiss the electioneering of free swimming for under-18’s and over-60’s. This is already in place London wide. The issue here is of trying to find somewhere for the young and elderly to actually swim in Lambeth.
But what of “free swimming for every resident at specific times?”
That’s some election pledge. I hope we aren’t witnessing another classic Nu Labour Keep Clap’ham Swimming moment in the making.
I’ve been asking off the record around the @LambethLabour cabinet exactly how this proposal is going to work. I’ve yet to receive any firm answers. It is a mighty fine election promise, and *shhh* one that may just be a vote winner for any as yet undecided young (ish) local bloggers.
But I want some clarification first.
Note the rather convenient opt out clause of “at specific times.” That could mean anything from off-peak pool times, to ten minutes a year, and then only on Bank Holidays.
It’s no good putting such vague pledges into your manifesto, and then not bolting down what you actually mean, come ballot box time. It’s a catchy strapline, and one, which our Nu Labour friends over in the Prince’s ward have already misled the electorate over, by simply re-cycling the policy as:
Free swimming for every resident.
If I were a voter in SE11 and put a big black cross next to the @LambethLabour candidates, I would rightfully expect free swimming, in an open pool, all year round for the complete duration of the next administration.
Labour leader @cllrstevereed teased me (ooh!) with the interpretation that “free swimming for every resident” actually translates as nothing more than a taster session.
But with 40,000 @LambethLabour manifestos already having gone to print (still containing allegations against @LambethLibDems and kerb crawling,) @LambethLabour now need to stand by this free swimming pledge.
Free swimming for every resident at specific times.
Now logged with @democlub.