May Elections – Our new ward candidates speak – 28th March 2018

OBF OLD BERMONDSEY FORUM
MEETING and UPDATE
6.30pm Wednesday 28 March
Globe House | Corner of Bermondsey Street & Crucifix Lane 

MAY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
OUR LABOUR AND LIB-DEM WARD COUNCILLORS ARE INVITED TO TALK ABOUT THEIR RESPECTIVE POSITIONS ON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING TO INFORM YOUR VOTING

As our followers are now aware, the Council have refused to allow St Thomas St or the areas between the railway line and Tooley St to become part of our neighbourhood plan.  This is a brazen reassertion of their rejection of the whole principle of neighbourhood planning – at least in so far as it is anything other than another sham engagement of the community in the development of their neighbourhoods.  It is of course in line with their sham ‘consultations’ on planning issues generally.  We have instructed our specialist planning QC to advise on the legality of this decision as it makes neighbourhood planning meaningless; essentially, neighbourhoods can only have a plan if it endorses exactly with what the Council themselves want to do. We are allowed only to be their puppets.

It is obvious that the present Council are likely to continue their steadfast resistance to anything that stands in the way of their secretive cash-driven deals with developers, done behind closed doors.  So what support can we expect from at least our local Councillors? The Council elections on 3 May are our once-in-four-years opportunity to select at least three members of the Council so we have invited candidates for our redefined ward, London Bridge and West Bermondsey, to share their views and state their positions.

Currently confirmed to attend are:

Julie Eyles, John Batteson and Ed McDonagh of the Labour Party

and

Damien O’Brien, Ben Johnson of the Liberal Democrats

Also to be discussed is our response to the Council ‘s refusal of our area extension.  By the time of the meeting we expect to have legal advice on the prospects for a Judicial Review of the decision.

All Welcome

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