Petition Attracts Support Throughout Camden

Petition asking the leader of the Council to intervene in the recent overruling of councillors attracts support from all throughout Camden

Note: We have heard from Camden that contrary to reports, the panel did not make a recommendation and was therefore not ‘overruled’. We are seeking clarification of the facts of the matter. Although Camden wrote a letter to the Camden New Journal in explanation, they chose not to publish it.

The article as originally written follows:

Save Bloomsbury, along with other prominent organisations throughout Camden, have united to condemn the recent decision by Mr David Joyce, Director for Regeneration and Planning, to overrule the Members Briefing Panel.

Janine Sachs, chair of Save Swiss Cottage, contacted organisations throughout Camden to ask for support for her letter to the leader of the council, Georgia Gould, asking for her to intervene in the decision made by Mr Joyce. By what mechanism this could be achieved is unknown, as Mr Joyce has acted in accordance with Camden’s constitution.

The chairpersons of fourteen groups all across Camden signed the letter, and after it was sent at 16:39 on Monday, multiple amendments had to be made as further organisations put their not inconsiderable support behind it.

Significant organisations in our area such as Bloomsbury Residents’ Action Group and the Covent Garden Community Association signed the petition, along with the Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Advisory Committee.

We now wait to see how the leader of the council responds.

Is This Important?

As was expressed in many letters and our own article, the democratic deficit runs deep in Camden, and this is simply the latest in a string of undemocratic decisions. The particular outcome of this exercise will have little effect on the systematic failings in Camden.

It will serve as a point of interest to see whether the leader of the council will side in favour of her councillors or the local civil service, or indeed whether the power wielded by Mr Joyce overrules her own.

However it does represent an important unification of support from organisations throughout Camden. It shows that not just those in Bloomsbury – described by Camden as ‘well-heeled retirees’ – hold significant concerns about the way decisions are made. It does raise the question that if concern is widespread throughout Camden, who exactly does Camden serve to benefit?

It perhaps signifies the first of many further exercises whereby groups throughout Camden can unite to protest about issues affecting us all.

Signatories

Swiss Cottage

Save Swiss Cottage

Cresta House Residents’ Association

Winchester Road Residents’ Association

Elsworthy Residents’ Association

Save Swiss Cottage Action Group

Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Advisory Committee

Bloomsbury Residents’ Action Group

Save Bloomsbury

Somers Town

Somers Town Neighbourhood Forum

Covent Garden

Covent Garden Community Association

Hampstead

Heath & Hampstead Society

Netherhall Neighbourhood Association

South Hampstead

Combined Residents of South Hampstead

Published by owardkx

I am a resident of Queen Alexandra Mansions, in Bloomsbury. I am also a committee member of Bloomsbury Residents' Action Group and of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area Advisory Committee, each working to protect residents and heritage in Bloomsbury.

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