Peter Lamb 2018 Candidate

CllrPeterLamb_1.jpgPeter was born in Crawley Hospital and went to school at Holy Trinity school, where he joined Labour while still a sixth former. He was elected onto Crawley Borough Council in 2010, winning a seat in Northgate which the Lib Dems had held for almost two decades.

Since becoming ward member for Northgate, Peter has delivered:

• Redevelopment of the derelict Barnfield Road Off-License
• Electronic signs and safety improvements for Woodfield Road
• Establishing ‘Northgate Matters’ and supporting their programme of events
• Forcing West Sussex to include additional parking and safety improvements in their expansion of Northgate Primary
• Stopping BT from removing the neighbourhood’s telephone boxes, including the classic red telephone box on Woodfield Road
• Gaining Northgate Avenue ‘Conservation Area’ status
• Delaying and opposing the loss of Northgate Surgery
• Preventing predatory private developments
• Securing anti-flooding improvements
• Providing funding for Northgate-based community groups
• Improving lighting in locations which enhance community safety
• Allocating s106 contributions for forthcoming enhancements to local play areas and bus stops

Peter became Leader of Crawley Borough Council when Labour regained control in 2014, following two years leading the Labour Group in opposition, at 27 he was the youngest Labour council leader in the UK. Amongst the achievements of Labour Crawley Borough Council since 2014 are:

• Setting out to build over 1,250 affordable homes, most of them council properties, and imposing some of the most stringent affordable housing requirements in the country
• Creating Crawley’s first ever Jobs and Skills Plan, to help provide better employment opportunities, not only for our young people but those already in-work
• Resisting privatisation and keeping services in-house
• Protecting Bedroom Tax victims from eviction on the basis of Bedroom Tax arrears
• Banning zero-hours contracts and requiring the Living Wage to be paid on council contracts
• Introducing our first ever Ethical Investment Policy
• Blocking payday loan providers from any council advertising and refusing Uber a license
• Modifying the Procurement Code to ban companies which blacklist trade unionists
• Responding immediately to the call for places for Syrian refugees

Away from the Town Hall, Peter has represented Crawley on regional and national bodies, such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, Sussex Police and Crime Panel (which replaced the Police Authority), Local Government Association and Gatwick Airport's Consultative Committee. In addition, he has served as a county councillor for Northgate and Three Bridges, remaining the only Labour candidate to have gained enough support to win in Three Bridges since 2005. He left the county council in 2017 in order to pursue professional and personal interests outside of politics.

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