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 Council is planning to distribute a Consutation Document to all residents on Saturday 3 December covering the proposed extension to the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ).
The roads included in this consultation are:
Ambleside Close Keats Road
Bob Sullivan – veteran campaigner
Ayerst Court Kings Close
Beaumont Road Lake Road
Burchell Road Manor Road
Byron Road Pardoe Road
Campion Road Park Road
Capworth Street Primrose Road
Church Road Ryder Avenue
Clyde Place Skeltons Lane
Farmer Road Sophia Road
Grange Park Road Vicarage Road
High Road Leyton Tennyson Road
Bob Sullivan says:
All residents are encouraged to complete and return the consultation paper to the Council, whatever your views to ensure that your views are represented when proposals are finalised.
Please don’t miss the chance to have your say!
A plan of the proposed CPZ extension can be accessed here: CPZ Plan
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.
The latest edition of the Leyton FOCUS Newsletter is hot of the press and will be delivered across the ward by our volunteer helpers.
Please contact Bob Sullivan on 8556 8335 if you would like to help deliver the FOCUS near your home. It is usually published about every six weeks and a round should take about 45 minutes. Thank you.
Since the Referendum the Liberal Democrats have enrolled over 19,000 new members nationwide. Please get in touch with our veteran local campaigner Bob Sullivan if you would like to join this growing movement.
You can access a copy of the FOCUS here: Leyton-368