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Flytipping on local streets is far worse since the Labour council introduced a new £16 charge to collect bulky waste from residents last year. Liberal Democrats warned the Council that the new policy would lead to more flytipping and we can all see the impact in our neighbourhoods. Latest figures show that after the Council […]

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Southwark housing debate goes on

by Anood Al-Samerai on 25 July, 2016

It feels like we have the housing debate in Southwark so many times. But every time we do have the debate, there is more evidence and experience to inform it. And the evidence and experience shows that Labour’s whole strategy is simply wrong. It is misleading, It is unjust, And it is doomed to fail. […]

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Day in court

by Anood Al-Samerai on 16 January, 2015

Councillor Eliza Mann spent yesterday at the High Court in the Strand to hear the most frustrating news that the judicial review case against the tunnelling direction of the Thames Tunnel from Chambers Wharf has collapsed due to a serious council error. As opposition councillors we will be demanding answers from the Leader of the […]

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Thames Water battles go on

by Anood Al-Samerai on 1 October, 2014

Last night Lib Dem councillors met with residents to talk through the Thames Tunnel, what we can all do to change the tunnelling direction and other ways of reducing the impact on our community. While we want a cleaner river, using Chambers Wharf as a receptor site instead of a drive site would make a […]

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Busy week, lots of local activity

by Anood Al-Samerai on 26 September, 2014

It’s been a busy week of ward work with great efforts by residents to improve our community. On Tuesday, the Shad Thames conservation area management partnership of residents, businesses and the council met and we are making brilliant progress on greening and celebrating the unique heritage of this area. There is a culture trail on […]

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Fantastic films

by Anood Al-Samerai on 19 September, 2014

As well as council meetings and committees, local councillors have the great privilege of being invited to all sorts of community events. There is so much going on in Southwark and I feel incredibly lucky to see so much of it. One thing that struck me recently was how many good community films are made. […]

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Who knows our area best?

by Anood Al-Samerai on 17 September, 2014

As Liberal Democrats, we believe that local people should make their own decisions about their communities. That’s why we introduced community councils and why we gave them funding and decision making powers. We believe that you know your street best. Over the next few weeks there are a couple of Lib Dem introduced opportunities for […]

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From tobacco to trees and everything in between

by Anood Al-Samerai on 10 September, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of evenings with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday and the Keetons Tenants and Residents Association last night. My colleagues and I have been successful in forcing the council to look again at the control freak neighbourhood planning decision. We also pushed the Labour Leader of the council on […]

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Labour Council ignores local neighbourhoods

by Anood Al-Samerai on 6 September, 2014

It’s such a shame that the Labour Council has just completely ignored the areas put forwards by local residents for neighbourhood plans and drawn their own boundaries instead. It’s a classic ‘we know best’ decision in which they say that the neighbourhoods where residents say they live are not ‘coherent’. Sounds patronising and I don’t […]

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Supporting businesses and the voluntary sector

by Anood Al-Samerai on 30 July, 2014

This has always been a key priority for me as a local Liberal Democrat councillor and Leader of our council group. This week I sent the letter below to the Council Leader to follow up various discussions which I have been having and to push for progress. Dear Peter, I am following up a comment which […]

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