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CITY CORPORATION FORCED TO CONFRONT WINDS OF CHANGE

On 11 February the Telegraph published this article describing some of the many issues affecting the City Corporation:  City of London Corporation forced to confront winds of change…
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Added by Graeme Harrower on February 13, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

THE LAST WORD….Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin

The recent climb down by the City Corporation's Standards Committee over its dispensations policy was a victory for residents. The Standards Chair, though, has tried to spin it as an achievement of her committee. What follows is her “delighted” announcement and my satirical response, which reminds the Court of Common Council that it was the persistence of residents that compelled the Standards Committee to reverse its policy.

 

The fact that in a period of more than a…

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Added by Graeme Harrower on February 10, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Could you volunteer to host a refugee?

I came across this charity which is doing very important and relevant work. If you want to find out more, please have a look at their website or contact them.

"Refugees At Home, a small charity, working largely in London but across the UK, has enabled hosting for four years now. It currently has about 120 people hosted every night and has found refugees somewhere safe, warm and dry to sleep for more…

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Added by Paul Lincoln on February 2, 2020 at 17:03 — No Comments

DOWNFALL OF THE CITY CORPORATION'S DISPENSATIONS POLICY

This is the text of an email that I sent to all members of the Court of Common Council on 27 January:

SUMMARY

During the last 15 months, the Standards Committee has done a 170 degree turn on its dispensations policy, ending with the decision at its meeting last Friday to abandon the restriction on granting dispensations to vote “only in exceptional circumstances”, and to require democracy to be taken into account when granting such…

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Added by Graeme Harrower on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments

BEECH STREET TUNNEL CLOSURE UK’s First Zero Emission Street... and for Golden Lane?

You will be aware from the Evening Standard articles on 16 and 17 December and local television news that Beech Street tunnel will become the UK’s first zero emission street (ZES), with an 18 month trial starting in March.

What you may not be aware of, since there has been no consultation, are the consequences for us residents of Golden Lane Estate and adjacent residential areas.

What is the project?

Only emission free vehicles will be allowed through…

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Added by Sue Pearson on January 23, 2020 at 14:02 — No Comments

The latest on the City’s “standards” shambles….

For the last five months, three resident councillors have been trying to obtain general “dispensations” from the City’s standards committee to speak and vote on behalf of their constituents on matters which affect those councillors no more than any of their constituents. In any other local authority, where 100% of the councillors are elected by residents, it would be taken for granted that councillors speak and vote on matters affecting those who elected them. But in the City, where…

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Added by Graeme Harrower on January 23, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

Projection installation proposal for Golden Lane Estate

Hello

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 view…

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Added by Aurora.projection on January 14, 2020 at 18:30 — 3 Comments

Representing residents: not a hypothetical matter

There follows an exchange of e-mails between Judith Barnes, a co-opted (i.e. unelected) member of the City Corporation’s Standards Committee, and Councillor Mark Bostock, who is one of the three elected members applying for a “general" dispensation to speak and vote on issues affecting his Cripplegate electorate.  You can see from this exchange what your elected members are faced with in trying to get the same level of representation for residents of the City as residents get in all…

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Added by Mark Bostock on December 23, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Local charity opposite Golden Lane estate selling Christmas cards and calendar

Good morning folks!

We are a small, local charity called Survival International across the way from Golden Lane estate on Goswell road. Some of you may already be familiar as we've been here since 2001 (the charity itself is 50 years old!). Please do drop into our office shop - we're friendly bunch selling a selection of stunning Christmas cards, a beautiful calendar and other gifty bits. 

We take no government funding so we rely heavily on the generosity of…

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Added by Jade Bridgwood on November 7, 2019 at 9:57 — No Comments

Resident complaint to Standards Committee about Cllr Ann Holmes

I went to the Standards Committee meeting on Oct 4 where I and other residents witnessed a number of vote counting errors. It's generally understood that the public remain silent, however I felt compelled to point out that the vote counting was incorrect. Despite being correct I was seriously rebuked and told there would be no vote recount. Below is the correspondence which resulted, preceded by the complaint I have submitted against Cllr Ann Holmes, Chair of the…

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Added by Jacqueline Swanson on November 7, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Standards Committee fails again….

TEXT OF AN EMAIL FROM COUNCILLOR HARROWER TO THE COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL ON 8 OCTOBER 2019 

 

The Standards Committee fails again….

The Standards Committee, at its meeting last Friday, did not abandon its policy of granting residential councillors dispensations to vote “only in exceptional circumstances", and will thus continue to disenfranchise the City’s residential electorate. It also failed to hold a proper vote…

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Added by Graeme Harrower on October 10, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Letter to the Standards Committee from GLERA and BA

From the Barbican Association and Golden Lane Estate Residents’ Association

 

3 October 2019

 

Dear Members of the Standards Committee

 

We are disappointed not to have had a response to, or acknowledgement of, our letter to your committee of 9 August.

 

We have read the papers on the Committee’s agenda for 4 October (including the minutes of the dispensations subcommittees) and we would just like to repeat our dismay,…

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Added by GLE Website Comms Team on October 3, 2019 at 9:20 — 1 Comment

Tales of Cripplegate Golden Lane Community Centre - Saturday and Sunday

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…
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Added by Paul Lincoln on September 19, 2019 at 23:20 — No Comments

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…

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

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

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" (meaning…

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Added by Graeme Harrower 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…

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Added by Sue Pearson on August 23, 2019 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

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.

EMAIL FROM CLLR HARROWER THE COURT OF…

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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…

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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…

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

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