Lambeth council Leader, Steve Reed has spent a day walking around Thornton ward with local councillors to listen to residents.
The local Labour leader wanted to hear and see first-hand what the issues were for people in Thornton as the council seeks to transform its services for the better, despite the Lib Dem/Tory cuts.
Thornton councillors Ed Davie, Diana Morris and Lib Peck showed Cllr Reed around the Sinclair, Weir, Poynders and Clapham Park estates as well as the streets between.
Residents pointed out various issues like repairs needed to communal areas, and the need for more recycling bins on certain estates. Cllr Reed has promised to take up the issues and get them resolved as soon as possible.
He said: ‘I find these walkabouts really useful. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve life in the borough and it really helps to get out and see how things are on the ground and for the people affected by decisions.’
Local councillor Ed Davie said: ‘Despite massive cuts to Lambeth’s budget from the Lib Dem/Tory budget we are delivering new facilities like the Clapham leisure centre and library and handing power to residents through the cooperative council initiative.’
‘It’s great Steve gets out on the ground to areas like ours to hear what people want to see happen and what they are concerned about. Sometimes as a local councillor you struggle to get issues resolved but to have the council leader backing you up really helps to concentrate minds on solutions.’