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Public Meeting 11 Dec – Voicing Objections

gatedcommunityWe have objected to the current planning application on many grounds – lack of affordable housing, impact on trees, poor sustainable development, density of development etc. (view brief summary here..).

We want our objections to be given a fair hearing when the applications are eventually presented to committee, probably in January and February, but the way the rules are at the moment objectors will only get 3 minutes between them to make their points.

This is plainly completely inadequate for such a large development and we have written to the Planning Committee asking for a more sensible arrangement.

We are inviting local objectors to a meeting at 7pm on Tues 11 Dec at the Crossway church on New Kent road. This will involve discussing how best to approach the hearing and ensure that we make best use of any time or methods for voicing our objections.

7pm Tues 11 Dec 2012 – Crossway Church 100 New Kent Rd SE1 6TU.  Please come along if you can and let us know your views.

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Elephant Amenity Hustings Event – 27 November 2012

Local residents to quiz by-election candidates

Press release issued 20 November 2012

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.

Observations on the E&C regeneration plans to date

Members of the Elephant Amenity Network have published an open letter to the Chair of the Elephant & Castle Community Forum.

The letter (downloadable here), contains a detailed appraisal and critique of the E&C regeneration plans and consultation process to date.