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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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