Local residents to quiz by-election candidates
Candidates vying to be elected in the upcoming East Walworth by-election will be grilled on vital local issues including the Elephant & Castle regeneration.
A special by-election hustings event will take place at the Crossway Church on Tuesday 27 November, to give local residents an opportunity to pose questions to the by-election candidates.
All issues will be on the agenda but there will be a particular focus on topics which affect the current regeneration plans in the ward. Topics will include not just the Heygate redevelopment and affordable housing but also East St. market, transport, open space, car parking, cycle routes, sustainability and green spaces.
The hustings will be a public open meeting, taking place at 7pm at the Heygate estate’s Crossway Church on the New Kent rd. The event has been organised by the Elephant Amenity Network.
The Elephant Amenity Network has been in existence since March 2009 when a new “Elephant & Castle Regeneration Charter for Community Inclusion and a Better Quality of Life for All” was launched by local people and businesses. Since that time it has organised a coalition of local groups and people that includes council tenants, leaseholders, shopkeepers, market traders and amenity groups.
The group is part of a wider campaign by local residents to have more say in the large-scale regeneration plans that will effect the area for generations to come.
Jerry Flynn, spokesman for the group said: “The hustings is a chance for local residents to challenge and question the potential local councillor on any issue. With so many issues emerging around the recently submitted regeneration plans, this is the opportunity to demand that the new councillor takes them seriously and is fully accountable.”
3 candidates have put themselves forward to be in the running for the seat following the death of Councillor Helen Morrissey. Voters will get their chance to have their say at the poll on 29 November 2012.