Meeting Reminder – May Elections – 28rd March 2018

6.30pm Wednesday 28th March
Globe House | Corner of Bermondsey Street & Crucifix Lane

3rd MAY COUNCIL ELECTIONS CANDIDATES MEETING
WE HAVE INVITED THE SIX LEADING CANDIDATES FOR THE
LONDON BRIDGE AND WEST BERMONDSEY WARD TO PRESENT THEIR POSITIONS ON NEIGHBOURHOOD, LOCAL AND CITY-WIDE PLANNING ISSUES AND TO ANSWER GENERAL QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

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Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to take this opportunity to bring others along with you for what we hope will be a very informative discussion.

Draft Agenda:

6:30pm – Welcome and Update

  • OBF Neighbourhood Area Application  –  our legal advice on Judicial Review
  • A Local List for Southwark  –  A change of heart from the council?
  • New Southwark Plan  –  Summary of key issues and expected timelines

7:00pm – Council Candidate Manifesto Introductions

  • from the Liberal Democrats: Damian O’Brien, Humaira Ali, William Houngbo
  • from Labour: Julie Eyles, John Batteson and Ed McDonagh

7:30pm – Questions to the candidates from the Forum

8:00pm – AOB

If you have any questions or comments which you would like the Forum to consider putting forward on your behalf  please put them to us on info@oldbermondseyforum.org

All Welcome

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