Letter: Labour control of Lambeth

Sir: I have lived in Lambeth for 14 years. It is one of the most depressing boroughs in London. Nothing works, we are overrun with traffic, council staff are negative about everything. May I point out to Jim Dickson (Letters, 13 May) that Labour have controlled Lambeth all this time, but the changes for which he claims credit have only started since the Liberal Democrats swept the borough in the last local elections, giving them as many seats as the now reduced Labour group.

Otherwise I don't think Mr Dickson's party would have changed its bad old ways. As a result of the mismanagement of Lambeth for so long, the council debt stands at approximately pounds 2,200 per household.

Rosamund Weatherall

London SW4