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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…
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Added by GLE Website Comms Team 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

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…

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Added by Aurora.projection on September 27, 2019 at 11:31 — 3 Comments

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!

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"…

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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…

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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.

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

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 ‬
‪friendsfortunepark@mac.com‬
‪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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF RESIDENT VOTERS - PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!

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.

 

Background

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…

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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…

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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

UPDATE: WASTE STRATEGY CONSULTATION SURVEY NOW SUSPENDED

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…

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

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