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London Open House

As part of London Open House 2019 Great Arthur House Roof Garden will be open to residents on Saturday and to Open House visitors and residents on the Sunday.

Please come to the Community Centre to register for all events.

Roof Garden

Tickets for Roof Garden 

visits are now sold out online. However, there are still spaces for residents who would like to put their names down on the list held in the Estate Office. 

Walking Tours 

There will be guided walking tours around the estate at ground level. These do not need to be booked in advance. 

The Cafe in the Community Centre will also be open on both days from 11am.

Tales of Cripplegate
Intrigued by what's under the concrete of the Golden Lane and Barbican Estates?  Join Tales of Cripplegate at Golden Lane this weekend, and see a photographic exhibition by Ancestreemakers and A London Inheritance about the area's past.
Tales of Cripplegate is a crowdsourced community history project that is open to everyone. Over the coming months and years, we will be building a sense of who lived and worked here, and try to understand what life might have been like over the centuries.
Come and talk to us about the project over the weekend, and get involved.  
Saturday 3pm-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm in the Community Centre.


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Residents strike back on 'standards'

Continuing the fight to ensure that resident councillors can speak and vote on matters that affect their constituents, Cllr Sue Pearson wrote to the Standards Committee about her latest experience of trying to get a dispensation to speak and vote at a meeting of the Community and Children’s Services Committee on the 12 July. You can read an extract: More dealings with the Standards Committee


Cllr Graeme Harrower (member for the business ward of Bassishaw) wrote a scathing and satirical email to all members of the Court of Common Council on 17 July about a secret meeting held by the then members of the Standards Committee in April. He then followed with an email on July 25 outlining the unanswered points about the current standards regime. You can read both here 'Secret Standards' and 'Unanswered Points'

Unfortunately the attacks on Cllr Sue Pearson have continued as the pressure increases on the Standards Committee: Alderman insinuates I'm a criminal

The chairs of the Barbican Association and GLERA have written again to the Standards Committee urging it to listen to the residents and explaining why its policy continues to disenfranchise them. Read their letter: Residents' dismay at response to petition on the standards regime 

The Standards Committee, following a request from some of the newer members, scheduled an additional meeting for September 6. Several residents attended this meeting to hear what the committee members had to say. Unfortunately they found the petition was simply ignored. Read Cllr Harrower's follow up email.

The Standards Committee will meet on Friday 4 October at 11 am at the Guildhall to make a final decision on its dispensations policy. Please come if you can.

More background on the Petition and subsequent issues can be found here.


Image credit: David Rudlin / The Academy of Urbanism

Golden Lane Estate was a very worthy finalist for Academy of Urbanism's Great Neighbourhood Award 2018. We didn't win but came away with a certificate featuring the amazing image above and a beautiful poem by Ian McMillan:

Golden Lane Estate

All you need, anywhere, are streets paved with gold:
The gold of community, the gold of mutual benefit,
The gold of allotments in the early evening sun
That reflects on the windows of places built for living...

Read the rest here or watch the video


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More dealings with the Standards Committee

Posted by Sue Pearson on July 23, 2019 at 19:54 0 Comments

Extract of email sent on 15 July 2019 from Councillor Sue Pearson to the Standards Committee

"The current dispensations policy – which claims to “maintain public confidence” - was demolished three months ago when, in a petition, residents demonstrated that the policy had the opposite effect. The public’s view of an acceptable dispensations policy was recently articulated in four identical requests for general dispensations which the Dispensations Sub-Committee…


Standards Committee meets because of the residents’ petition, and.... IGNORES it!

Posted by GLE Website Comms Team on September 8, 2019 at 9:30 0 Comments

From Cllr Graeme Harrower (member for the business ward of Bassishaw), supporter of GLE resident Cllr Sue Pearson, residents' rights and Standards Committee reform.

Dear Resident

Concern over standards in the City Corporation is increasing as some members of the Standards Committee devise increasingly bizarre excuses to resist the erosion of its power over residential councillors.

For example, in the Dispensations Sub-Committee meeting on 4 June, a "co-opted"…


Put a stop to bullying in the Court of Common Council

Posted by Jacqueline Swanson on September 8, 2019 at 11:00 0 Comments

I, like many other residents of the estate have been truly appalled by the treatment that our resident Councillor Sue Pearson was subjected to last year (2018)  because she spoke and voted at a meeting to prevent the planning permission for the COLPAI development to be delegated to Islington only.

The Monday morning meeting to vote on handing over planning powers was announced on the Friday before in what our local newspaper…


Alderman insinuates that I’m a criminal.

Posted by Sue Pearson on August 23, 2019 at 18:00 0 Comments

At the meeting of the Court of Common Council in July, Alderman Ian Luder put a “question” to the Chair of the Standards Committee that attempted to cast a slur on my character by insinuating that I was engaging in some kind of criminal activity.

His “question” was as follows:

“Could the Chairman of the Standards Committee confirm the rumours that a Member has made a claim for rights of light arising from the construction of COLPAI. If so, has the claim been settled, and…


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