|ON THE SIDE OF US|
The Dame is a great believer in Fair Play...... except when it comes to Pooter Cockell and Danny Boys Moylan.
In the case of these two, 'any stick is good enough etc.....'
No one is more aware of the horrors of massive basement excavations than Tim Coleridge.
And let the Dame remind cynics that it was Cllrs Coleridge and Borwick who stood shoulder to shoulder with residents in resisting Moylan's effort to destroy Sloane Square: as a result Coleridge was forced to endure the venom of this bully boy.
So Coleridge has form for being 'resident friendly'
The Dame rakes over the past because there has been unfair and quite unjustified criticism of Coleridge in his efforts to control basement development.
Coleridge has two major barriers to overcome:
1. There is no local legal framework to stop the likes of Cranbrook making misery of our lives and more importantly...
2. It is not a foregone conclusion that all residents would back a blanket ban on basements.
This point is worth making....if there were to be a referendum on a blanket basement ban, it might conceivably fail just because house owners would not wish to introduce a law potentially prejudicial to their own ability to maximise value.
Instead of continually kicking Coleridge residents would be better served giving him ammunition to fight on our behalf.