Thursday, 13 October 2011

Pinkham Way Alliance: "Application is not withdrawn", but also: "Concert by Dame Emma Kirkby"


"Given the promise to Haringey council tax payers in the statement of 19 July, the continuation of the validation process demonstrates bad faith on the council’s part – the council elected by us."

On 19 July, Haringey Council proclaimed on its website: “Pinkham Way application on hold”. Despite this, it transpires that Haringey’s planning department has been in contact with the applicants (Barnet Council and the North London Waste Authority) over the summer months about ongoing, major changes to this supposedly “on hold” application.

Haringey planners are insisting that they have to continue with this evolving planning application until they can ‘validate’ it (that is, confirm that it is legally complete). We have made clear our serious concerns about this attempt to validate the planning application in a recent letter to the Haringey Cabinet. There are legal questions that need clearing up; we’ll keep you posted.

Read more information on this worrying situation, and why it only benefits the applicants.

Please help us pressurise the politicians of Haringey right away to get them to do what they said they would do and not take this planning application forward until after the planning inspector has scrutinised the over-arching North London Waste Plan next spring.

Information for contacting Haringey Councillors.

Thank you to all of you who have contacted Haringey about the ongoing ‘reconsultation’ through which they are seeking to redesignate the Pinkham Wood site for industrial use and, it appears to us, diminish its conservation status.

If you've received an email invitation to take part from Haringey Council, please hold your fire. We are seeking expert opinion, and will circulate what we’ve learned in the week of  Monday 24 October - the reconsultation closes on 3 November. If you've already replied, there's nothing to stop you adding to your submission later.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Haringey Council have taken little notice of our requests to ensure as many people as possible are included in the reconsultation. They appear to have made little effort to contact more people than the first time around. We also know of people who responded to Haringey's first, flawed consultation who have been told late about the reconsultation, or, in some cases not at all. This is not good enough, and we're making sure that the council and the inspector who instructed them to ‘reconsult’ know it.

You can help by printing out copies of a single A4 page (also available on our website) and delivering it to as many houses in your road as you can. It has a tear-off strip so people can send it to Haringey asking to be consulted. It would be great if we could all do this as soon as possible. We must let people who don't get this newsletter, and especially those who do not have access to email, know what is going on.


To end on a high note… we are delighted that internationally acclaimed soprano (and Muswell Hill resident) Dame Emma Kirkby will be performing locally in aid of the PWA.

Her concert will be at 4pm on Sunday 20 November, in St Andrew’s Church, Alexandra Park Road.

More information can be found on our events website. Please keep the date free - it'll be a fantastic afternoon.

Once again, thanks for your help. I should stress that the next few weeks and months are crucial in this struggle. Please don't think that the best chances to stop these plans are all in the future; they're already happening.

Don't forget you can also follow us on Twitter, join the Facebook Group and visit our partner website the Pinkham Panthers. You can donate here.

Kind regards,
Bidesh Sarkar
Pinkham Way Alliance

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