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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 met on Friday 4 October to make what was scheduled to be a final decision on its dispensations policy. See letter from GLERA and BA noting lack of response to earlier correspondence and concerns about the agenda for the meeting which largely ignores the petition and resident requests.
As suspected the meeting was unsatisfactory, including a bungled vote. See email from Cllr Harrower setting out the main concerns.
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...
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…Continue
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…Continue
From Cllr Graeme Harrower (member for the business ward of Bassishaw), supporter of GLE resident Cllr Sue Pearson, residents' rights and Standards Committee reform.
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"…Continue
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…Continue