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…Continue
Added by Mark Bostock on December 23, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jade Bridgwood on November 7, 2019 at 9:57 — No Comments
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…
Added by Jacqueline Swanson on November 7, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Graeme Harrower on October 10, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Paul Lincoln on September 19, 2019 at 23:20 — No 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…Continue
Added by Jacqueline Swanson on September 8, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Graeme Harrower on September 8, 2019 at 9:30 — No 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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Sue Pearson on August 16, 2019 at 9:30 — No 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…Continue
Added by Sue Pearson on July 23, 2019 at 19:54 — No Comments
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Added by Graeme Harrower on July 15, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Paul Lincoln on June 25, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments
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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…Continue
Added by David Henderson on May 27, 2019 at 17:28 — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Paul Lincoln on April 1, 2019 at 19:38 — No Comments