In one month exactly the committee in charge of reviewing the Concrete Batching applications is scheduled to convene and make its decision, which is likely to affect tens of thousands of East London residents.
The plans have generated a massive and highly justified public uproar: nearly 10,000 citizens have signed this petition, and Objection Letters are pouring in to the LLDC website from developers, borough representatives and members of the public alike.
OPCRD has also submitted this week their own *OFFICIAL* Objection Document – in the name of everyone affected and everyone that have signed this petition. It is a 40-page long review of all of the projects’ momentous documentation. The objection document summarizes and pinpoints all the many procedural improprieties, data omissions, implausible assumptions and shabby ‘survey’ work that was handed in to the LLDC by the applicants.
Read OPCRD’s objection, and see for yourself just what a mockery the applicants have made of the application process: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/opcrd/objection.pdf
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (who’s office has informed us that he “doesn’t have the authority to get involved”), was elected on a wave of big promises about ‘Clean air for Londoners’, and the need to clean and strengthen the weaker boroughs, more affected by pollution than other. So we thought he might want to see this video, shot 27 August afternoon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlSdvBm7MKk (also at www.opcrd.org)
This is not a massive fire or the aftermath of an explosion – it’s simply a gigantic dust cloud spreading across Newham, carrying huge amounts of harmful particulate matter (PM. This concrete batching plant in this video is located less than 50 meters from where the additional 3 (!!!) are planned to be located…
Now is NOT a time to become complacent about this – share, engage and support, or these plans WILL become reality in exactly 1 month!
The latest issue of the Cann Hall FOCUS Newsletter Is going to press and will delivered across the ward free of charge by our team of volunteers.
The FOCUS Team would like to hear from you if you would like to help deliver FOCUS near your home, and keep local people informed. A round usually takes about 45 minutes, every 6 – 8 weeks.
Since the Referendum the Liberal Democrats have enrolled over 19,000 new members nationwide. Please get in touch with our veteran local campaigner Clyde Kitson if you would like to join this growing movement.
Please contact Clyde Kitson on (020) 8534 2947 if you would like to help, thank you.
You can see a copy of FOCUS here:Cann Hall 284
Veteran Liberal Democrat campaigner Clyde Kitson welcomed Alice Thomas to the FOCUS Team.
Alice will be a strong additiion to the Cann Hall FOCUS Team, and will be proud to uphold its reputation of service and action built up over many years.
I moved to Cann Hall two years ago and found the community has the same funny, friendly, welcoming people she knew growing up in south east London – only with a lot more green space! I live in the Sansom and Acacia Estate, and love that I can roll out of bed on the weekend to go for a run straight onto Wanstead Flats.
I am a commercial solicitor and am used to working hard for my clients. Over the next two years I plan to show you that if you vote for me, and my FOCUS Team colleagues, for Waltham Forest Council in 2018, we will work hard for you and continue to keep in touch with our regular FOCUS Newsletter..
In March of this year Southwark Council lost a High Court case on water charges which could affect councils all over London including Waltham Forest. Councils collect payment for water and sewerage services from tenants on behalf of Thames Water and in return the councils receive a commission fee.
The High Court found Southwark Council should have passed on any savings to tenants, as they were technically reselling water services. Southwark has already announced that they have “decided not to appeal the decision,” and are refunding current and past tenants up to £700.
Waltham Forest should do the same.
Waltham Forest Council say they accept that “establishing the legality of a practice is a matter for the Courts”. Yet instead of refunding people straight away, they are still ganging up with other councils to hire “an external firm and a barrister” to give them legal advice on what to do.
The local Liberal Democrats believe that Waltham Forest Council should follow Southwark’s example and refund their tenants without further delay.
Focus has previously reported on the massive high rise flat developments in Waltham Forest.
Forest Ward Focus Team members were with residents at the Planning Committee when the Council agreed the over development of buildings, of up to 18 storeys, in Lea Bridge Road.
Only recently Leyton Focus Team member Bob Sullivan and residents spoke against the 16 storey block at the end of Dunedin Road.
It appears that developers are having a field day as the Council continually agree the building of unaffordable multi high rise flats in the borough.
The latest plan submitted by the owners of the Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow is to build four blocks including one of 27 storeys! Currently local residents have presented a 2,000 plus petition to the Council in protest against the plans. If you would like to support the local residents then contact ‘Save Walthamstow Town Centre’ on line: SAVE OUR TOWN CENTRE
Focus says: In our experience the Labour Council never listens to residents and carries on agreeing the over development of every bit of land for multi high rise unaffordable flats.