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SCRUTINEER-OUTSIDER'S VIEW

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Jim Bob Morrison, ex Carter USM star, has a new single out under the name 'Who's the Daddy Now' and gives his impre...
Jim Bob Morrison, ex Carter USM star, has a new single out under the name 'Who's the Daddy Now' and gives his impressions of his local council, Lambeth LBC

What is your contact with the council?

They have a hut in the middle of the estate near us where you can go if you have anything to talk about, but beyond that there's no way of getting in touch.

How much council tax do you pay?

Altogether£658, but the GLA part of that is£134.

Do you think it's value for money?

Not really. I'm not sure what you're supposed to get for it. They clean the streets very rarely, certainly round here. We've got a bit of communal grass on the square and they mow that about once a year.

What's the worst thing it has done?

They don't necessarily do anything terrible, they just don't seem to do anything. The rubbish and the graffiti are awful. They don't seem to do anything about it, whereas in Southwark, for example, they have initiatives to tackle it.

What council services do you use and what do you think of them?

My daughter goes to school and that's quite good. It's supposedly the only decent mixed school in Lambeth, which is good for us but bad for everyone else. There are so many people trying to get their kids in. But that's to do with having a good headmaster and he had to fight against the council, so its difficult to give the council credit for much. I use the library, which is great, but even that isn't anything to do with the council. The local people had to fight to keep it open.

Have you considered standing for a local council and why?

Certainly not. It must be a pretty thankless task because you basically don't have enough money to do what you're supposed to be doing.

Do you think having directly elected mayors will improve local democracy?

I can't see it working. Ken Livingstone is finding it tough enough, coming up with ideas that get pooh-poohed by the government. I presume it'd be the same here - a Lambeth mayor would be answerable to the GLA or the government.

If you were leader of the council what would be the first thing you did?

I'd tidy up, basically. It is the most depressing thing around here. In the last year it has deteriorated. I don't know if the council has just given up,

or what.

Do you vote in council elections?

Yeah. I've always voted in any election I could. It's easier to moan about things when you've taken part.

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