Sunday 21 November 2010

Town Hall Planning Sham Puts H&F Conservatives In Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs Again

H&F Council is back in Private Eye’s Rotten Boroughs section. This time it’s about their highly controversial Town Hall development plans and it chalks up a fifth Rotten Boroughs appearance for the Conservative Administration in four years.

The current issue of the Eye features H&F’s oddly hard of hearing Conservative cabinet who on the 13th October promised a packed public meeting that they genuinely wanted to “listen”. At the time, the audience were sceptical of this but that sentiment turned to indignant disbelief when five days later, representatives of Save Our Skyline (SOS) met Cllr. Stephen Greenhalgh (Con), the Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. They report that he “did not offer any concessions or commitments to review the plans.”

Then, on the 29th October, H&F Council and its preferred developers formally submitted the unchanged plans to H&F Council’s own Planning Applications Committee (PAC) where the plans are widely expected to be rubber stamped by the Tory authority.

Residents are understandably outraged. One person told me “These people must think we are really stupid. How can they look us in the eye sincerely promising to listen and then submit the completely unchanged plans within days of saying that?”

Readers can view the different parts of the Council's application by following these links:
  • Full Planning Application here
  • Listed Building Consent here
  • Conservation Area Consent here
You can read the Private Eye article by clicking onto the attached clipping. Meanwhile, there is another public meeting which is being arranged by SOS to hear more about these proposals. It will take place at 7.00pm on Monday, 6th December at Rivercourt Methodist Church, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9JT.

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