Calls for council to be investigated over Stow

CALLS are mounting for Waltham Forest Council to be investigated after it fast-tracked plans to turn Walthamstow Stadium into a housing estate – preventing the government from stepping in to stop it.

Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith and Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy both urged residents to write to Mr Pickles, saying he had 21 days to take action before the council formally acknowledged Mr Johnson’s decision and issued final planning permission.

But the council then took the step of quickly issuing the paperwork within 48 hours, leaving Mr Pickles powerless to intervene.

Mr Duncan Smith is among those now calling for Whitehall to investigate the council’s actions and claims that it is biased in favour of the scheme’s developers, housing association London and Quadrant (L&Q).

The council has always strongly denied that it has been anything less than  independent throughout the process.

Click here to read the full story in the Local Guardian newspaper

 

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Demonstration to Save Our Stow planned for Saturday 10th November

We are asking everyone to come along and show their support.

This rally is show Eric pickles that he needs to “call in the site”

Date: Saturday 10th November 1pm
Venue: Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium

We are asking ALL supporters to please attend as we will have mass media coverage.

Spread the word we must stop £22 million of loss to the tax payer and stop L&Q destroying our heritage !!

See you there.

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Email the Secretary of State now !!!

Send your email to eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk and please include your name and address in all your correspondence with the Secretary of State.

This a suggested email … Just copy and paste it

“Dear Mr Pickles,

I’m writing to you as a concerned taxpayer to ask you to exercise your power as Secretary of Stateor Communities and Local Government to call in the decision by Waltham Forest Council and the Mayor of London to approve planning for the Walthamstow Dogtrack to be turned into a housing estate. This is because I believe this development raises serious questions of national importance about value for money to the taxpayer.

In particular, I’m deeply troubled by the evidence that this development will lose money for L&Q – who receive public subsidy as a registered social landlord- given their own viability assessment which they sought to keep out of the public domain shows a loss of £14m. Furthermore, the nature of the section 106 agreement for this proposal is also unclear and there is a lack of any social housing in this development, despite being in an area with a need for such properties. Therefore,without scrutiny I am concerned that if this development goes ahead it may set a new and troubling
precedent on questions of value for money for housing, not just in Walthamstow but across the country. The existence of a viable alternative that is in keeping with the heritage of this site and would provide not only leisure facilities but also housing and living wage jobs further compounds the concerns many have about the decision to approve L&Q’s plans. As someone who has previously shown a strong interest in this development, please urgently exercise your power as Secretary of
State to call in this decision to ensure the public purse is not at risk from this proposal.

I look forward to a positive response and thank you for help in investigating this matter.

Yours Sincerely,”

Send this email to Eric Pickles by clicking here

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Mayor: Walthamstow Dogs has had its day

Tonight’s Evening Standard has Walthamstow Stadium as one of it’s comments of the day!
Click here to view

There is also a full piece with regards to the Mayor’s terrible decision not to intervene.
Click here to view

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Iain Duncan Smith challenges Boris Johnson about dog track!

Speaking on London BBC 94.9 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says he is “absolutely furious” about London Mayor Boris Johnson’s approval of a scheme for Walthamstow dog track in east London.

The Chingford MP said his constituents had been asking “What’s the point of Boris?” and that he believed leaders had to take tough decisions.

To listen to the broadcast please click here

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The fight continues … We have 21 days to get the Secretary of State to intervene

Save Our Stow is not going to give up on its fight to stop L&Q destroying the famous Stow. It has been over 4 years since we started our battle and we won’t finish until every avenue has been explored.

Like everyone we were bitterly disappointed that Mayor Boris Johnson’s support and pre-election promises for the famous Walthamstow Dog Stadium were NOT kept !

But we now have 21 days to get Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to intervene. Local MP’s Iain Duncan Smith and Stella Creasy will both be making their feelings known to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

But they need our help !

So we are asking all our supporters to help us continue the fight to save the Stow by asking everyone to email the Secretary of State, the following suggestion has been kindly made by MP Stella Creasy:

Send your email to eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk and please include your name and address in all your correspondence with the Secretary of State.

“Dear Mr Pickles,

I’m writing to you as a concerned taxpayer to ask you to exercise your power as Secretary of Stateor Communities and Local Government to call in the decision by Waltham Forest Council and the Mayor of London to approve planning for the Walthamstow Dogtrack to be turned into a housing estate. This is because I believe this development raises serious questions of national importance about value for money to the taxpayer.

In particular, I’m deeply troubled by the evidence that this development will lose money for L&Q – who receive public subsidy as a registered social landlord- given their own viability assessment which they sought to keep out of the public domain shows a loss of £14m. Furthermore, the nature of the section 106 agreement for this proposal is also unclear and there is a lack of any social housing in this development, despite being in an area with a need for such properties. Therefore,without scrutiny I am concerned that if this development goes ahead it may set a new and troubling
precedent on questions of value for money for housing, not just in Walthamstow but across the country. The existence of a viable alternative that is in keeping with the heritage of this site and would provide not only leisure facilities but also housing and living wage jobs further compounds the concerns many have about the decision to approve L&Q’s plans. As someone who has previously shown a strong interest in this development, please urgently exercise your power as Secretary of
State to call in this decision to ensure the public purse is not at risk from this proposal.

I look forward to a positive response and thank you for help in investigating this matter.

Yours Sincerely,”


Send this email to Eric Pickles by clicking here

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MP’s dismay at Mayor of London’s decision !

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Stella Creasy MP said in a joint statement:

“We are deeply disappointed in the Mayor of London as we understood him to be in support of the dog track and our constituents voted for him partly on this basis. This isn’t over yet – we are taking the matter to Eric Pickles now.”

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