The ward contains Cressingham Gardens, one of the estates that Labour is hoping to ‘regenerate.’
Atkins and Cameron both already represent the ward. Kind is currently a Labour Cllr in the north of the borough in Prince’s ward. He has received praise for his campaigning against the Garden Bridge project.
Current Tulse Hill Cllr Adedamola Aminu is not standing.
The selection of the candidates has led to claims by local party members that they were not given the chance to vote.
@TulseHillLabour I'm a member and live in Tulse Hill and wasn't notified about the selection, why was that?
— Geoff de Burca (@itinerantgeoff) March 13, 2017
Another Labour party member posted on the urban75 Brixton board:
“I’m a relatively new member of Labour so maybe I don’t know how things work, but I live in her ward and wasn’t invited to the selection meeting. How do they get away with that?”
Atkins was first elected to serve in the 2013 Tulse Hill by-election following the death of Cllr Ruth Ling.
The 2014 local elections saw Labour hold all three seats:
Mary Atkins 2,276
Adedamola Aminu 2,073
Marcia Cameron 2,044
Green candidate Elkin Atwell came fourth with 742 votes. The local Green party is expected to campaign hard around the ward in 2018.
The Save Cressingham campaign has criticised Atkins for kick-starting the regeneration. Residents asked their ward Cllr for repairs, and somehow ended up with regneration.
Atkins angered local residents when she told the Scrutiny Panel in May 2016:
“There is a climate of fear on the estate. The tone of the Save Cressingham campaign is very intimidating. Some tenants are scared to get involved. They do not want to see such tactics rewarded.”
Lambeth Council is working on the award of the development management contract for Cressingham. A planning application is expected in the autumn. The construction phase is scheduled to start in the winter of 2018.
All 306 homes on the estate will be bulldozed. In their place will be 464 new homes built by Homes for Lambeth – the controversial Special Purpose Vehicle that the Council has set up.
Out of the 158 new homes, 47% will be deemed as ‘affordable.’ The majority of the new homes will be available at market rate.