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Put a stop to bullying in the Court of Common Council

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…


Added by Jacqueline Swanson on September 8, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

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

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"…


Added by GLE Website Comms Team on September 8, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Alderman insinuates that I’m a criminal.

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…


Added by Sue Pearson on August 23, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Cllr Graeme Harrower supporting residents' right to proper representation

Cllr Graeme Harrower (member for the business ward of Bassishaw) has long been concerned about the anti-resident bias of the Standards Committee. He supported me through the Standards Hearing that I had to endure last year (2018) and is a persistent advocate for residents' rights and Standards Committee reform. Below his latest emails to the Court of Common Council on the matter.



Added by Sue Pearson on August 16, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

More dealings with the Standards Committee

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…


Added by Sue Pearson on July 23, 2019 at 19:54 — No Comments

City Corporation Snubs Residents Again

In April the Court of Common Council was presented with a petition signed by over 1,100 City residents declaring 'no confidence' in the City's standards regime.The key issue being that resident Councillors are not able to represent their constituents on matters which affect their constituents no less than themselves without obtaining ‘dispensations’ that are…


Added by GLE Website Comms Team on July 7, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

Please can you help with setting up with community fun day ...

‪Can anyone HELP us on Friday night 7pm- 9pm Or Saturday 9:30-12noon setting up ‬
‪- market style umbrellas ‬
‪- tables/ chairs ‬
‪-hang bunting ‬
‪- place haybales in park ‬
‪time credits given to say thank you ‬
‪just turn up ask for Simon, Patrick or Jacqui‬

Added by Friends of Fortune St Park on July 3, 2019 at 14:17 — No Comments

Printmakers show comes to Golden Lane Estate and celebrates both Golden Lane and 'the protein man'

Print by Rebecca Whitelaw

yesnomaybe_print is a fine art printmaking group formed on the City Lit Advanced Fine Art Printmaking Course 2018-19.

Coming from a range of backgrounds including architecture, fine art, illustration, and marketing and communications, the group draws from…


Added by Paul Lincoln on June 25, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Special opening of the Great Arthur House Roof Garden this year

There will be two weekend  openings of the Roof Garden this…


Added by Paul Lincoln on June 1, 2019 at 19:00 — No Comments

Golden Baggers trip to Wakehurst

This year's Golden Baggers annual trip on Sunday 5th May was to Wakehurst in Sussex.

Wakehurst comprises a 16th century mansion house set in 500 acres of wild botanic garden, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The gardens are designed as a living collection of woodland trees and plants including many rare species from across the globe which are grown especially for research, conservation and educational purposes. Different areas of the garden…


Added by David Henderson on May 27, 2019 at 17:28 — No Comments

Climate Emergency - a challenge to Golden Lane Estate residents

The Climate Emergency declared across London over the past ten days has had a dramatic impact not only on the levels of publicity afforded to the issue of climate change but on Thursday turned the spotlight on the City of London. As protesters glued each other to the entrance to the London Stock Exchange the 13 activists who…


Added by Paul Lincoln on May 5, 2019 at 19:00 — No Comments


Dear Fellow Residents,


I am the only City of London councillor who lives on Golden Lane Estate. I’m being prevented from properly representing you, and from protecting and promoting our interests. You can help change this.



Two years ago, I was elected with 558 votes - far more than any of the other 99 councillors in the City. I do not belong to a political party, and have no interest in a political career. I…


Added by Sue Pearson on April 3, 2019 at 22:31 — 1 Comment

Get involved in two London Open House events this year.

Last year Golden Lane Estate was on show as part of the annual Open House Festival. To read about what…


Added by Paul Lincoln on April 1, 2019 at 19:38 — No Comments

Colpai Waste Strategy Consultation - why the survey is wholly inadequate and what to do


As of Wednesday 27 March

To Fellow Residents

On Thursday 21 March Colpai held a drop in at the Golden Lane Community Centre to consult on replacement trees to  border the allotments and waste strategy. Boards can be downloaded…


Added by Sue Pearson on March 23, 2019 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

Projection installation proposal for Golden Lane Estate


I'm Hayley Cotton, a local designer that would like to create a projection installation on the Estate for UNESCO Science Day and I would love to hear your feedback.

Click on the image above to…


Added by Aurora.projection on March 21, 2019 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

The trees bordering the allotments to be removed

In December the Planners decided that COLPAI had not made a strong enough case to discharge condition 5 relating to the retention of the trees bordering the allotments and referred the issue to a full Planning and Transportation Committee which was held on Tuesday 28 February. COLPAI application to discharge the condition was approved.

The Golden Baggers, objection the application were represented by Anna Parkinson and Jacqueline Swanson. Our resident Councillor, Sue Pearson was…


Added by GLE Website Comms Team on February 1, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

We would love to welcome you to the Charterhouse

The Charterhouse site between Barbican and Farringdon dates back to 1348 - and has been formally open to the public since January 2017, but we know that thousands of locals who live and/or work in the area still don't know it's there!  There are so many people who walk down Clerkenwell Road every day - and don't know what's hidden behind that great imposing wall with ivy spilling over the top.

The Charterhouse is both an extraordinary piece of history to have on your doorstep - and…


Added by Charlotte Borger on January 3, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Despite planning condition COLPAI plan to destroy trees bordering the allotment

During the summer the Golden Baggers mounted a campaign to save the trees bordering the allotments and the old Richard Cloudesley School site. Over 1,000 signatures were collected, with coverage in City Matters and the…


Added by GLE Website Comms Team on November 16, 2018 at 21:00 — 4 Comments

Living on the edge

Blogpost about Golden Lane and Whitecross Street


Added by Billy Mann on November 1, 2018 at 16:03 — No Comments

TFL Consultation: central London bus services review

From Transport for London 28 September:

Today we have  launched our consultation on proposed changes to central London bus services to deliver an efficient, modern, simple network with buses in the right places at the right times.  

This is the first step in a major modernisation of the bus network in more than 16 years. London’s bus network is also crucial to its continued economic…


Added by GLE Website Comms Team on September 28, 2018 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

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