From Elephant Amenity Network
You will know by now that the shopping centre planning application has been approved, by a very narrow margin. However there is still some distance to go before the development goes forward and the Mayor of London still has to give his endorsement to Southwark’s decision.
We are campaigning now to get the Mayor to refuse to do this, as he has the power to do. We have now sent a joint open letter to the Mayor asking him to call the application in and improve the offer or direct a refusal.
Our letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan is here (pdf)
Green Party AM Sian Berry has also written to the Mayor:
Please SIGN THE PETITION
Sadiq: Say NO to the displacement of BAME communities from Elephant & Castle
Eight Labour Councillors, including the local ward councillors and the deputy leader, have made their dissatisfaction with the decision clear and have also asked London mayor Sadiq Khan to make improvements. London Assembly member Florence Eshalomi and a local Labour ward has added their voices to the call.
Many local Labour branches have passed a motion opposing the decision to approve the application and asking Sadiq to intervene. This has caused a spat inside Labour, with the local MP Neil Coyle bizarrely accusing one of these branches of “bullying”. This article in Southwark News has more details: