|The Gardens In The Sky|
It got back to the Council who got in first and obtained a Certificate of Immunity from listing before they began the consultation with residents – to demolish the estate.
The emails below show the very spivvy goings on...
Rocky Feilding Mellen, behind this vandalism, has form for destroying things of beauty.
He tried in Norfolk but the Norfolk bumpkins gave him a good kicking and saved the beautiful ancient woodlands Rocky planned to build 'socially conscious housing' on.
Dear Mr Feilding-Mellen
Thank you for copying me in your reply to Mrxxxxxx
In contrast to what you said, by applying for a Certificate of Immunity, it is self-evident that RBKC at that point was already of the view that Option 1 and 2 are to be ruled out, bearing in mind that RBKC's application for the COI was made in July last year at the same time, if not before, when the LSH consultant's report was presented to the residents for consideration. In other words, by virtue of this application, RBKC's has ruled out the other options whilst asking the public to express their opinion. This whole consultation exercised is proved to be nothing but hypocritical, not to mention the other evidence to justify this conclusion. It is exactly due to RBKC's application for COI which shows the Council's prejudice against the other options recommended in your consultant's report. It was doubtlessly dishonest that the application for COI was not explained to the public at the beginning of the consultation.
I have written to you in my email dated 5 February 2015 asking the Council to re-consider putting back Option 2 into further detailed examination in light of this dishonest and insincere consultation conducted last year. I would appreciate if you could give a reply accordingly.
I would sincerely request the Council to take this occasion to review this matter entirely and consider the various possible scenario under Option 2 in order to demonstrate that public opinion is being appropriately addressed.
I look forward to receiving your favourable reply.
Subject: Re: Pembroke Road Depot and Warwick Estate Site Review
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:34:50 +0000
Dear Mr xxxxxx
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:34:50 +0000
Dear Mr xxxxxx
Thank you for your e-mail, in which you objected to the Council applying last summer for a Certificate of Immunity for the Warwick Road Estate. I have also copied in other residents of WRE, who have emailed me on the same matter, as well as the ward Councillors.
Having carried out the options appraisal, which demonstrated that full redevelopment was a viable option, applying for a Certificate of Immunity (CoI) was a sensible precaution for the Council to take, in advance of any decision about the desirability and scale of any potential redevelopment.
If we had waited for the discussion and decision by the Council’s Cabinet in October last year, and only then sought a CoI, an avoidable delay would have occurred - indeed, we are currently experiencing a pause while we all wait for English Heritage's decision, but this pause would have been months longer without the CoI application last July. Applying for a CoI did not prejudice the Cabinet's ability to choose options 1 or 2, had it thought either of those options best met the Council's overall objectives, whereas it might have, and may still, rule out the full redevelopment option, should English Heritage decide to list the building.
It is also important to note that such an application does not change the outcome of English Heritage’s deliberations: it simply brings it forward. If a building is to be listed, it is better for all concerned that we discover this promptly.
On 5 Feb 2015, at 15:43, XXX wrote:
Dear CouncillorsGentlemen, I am abroad at the moment but was very disturbed to receive this communication.
On the face of it, it would appear that " you have been found out".On a number of occasions I have challenged the RBKC experience in evicting large groups of families and Cllr Feilding-Mellen's own experience in issues of this magnitude. On no occasion have my questions been answered, so I shall repeat them yet again. Please do not ignore this email as these are critical questions to be answered, let alone one of common courtesy.The Broadwood end of the estate is in complete melt down with an implosion of services, RBKC appear to be acting in an opaque manner and our friends in the press are salivating over the prospect of running stories on "compassionate conservatism" (or not).I think you run a response protocol which states it takes 10 days to reply to questions - I would suggest it is in your interests to dramatically reduce that response time.
Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:From:
Date: 5 February 2015 12:14:21 WET
Subject: Fwd: Pembroke Road Depot and Warwick Estate Site REview
My familly received a leaflet yesterday giving an update of the above subject.
The document sent to all the residents recognised that there is currently an application by the local resident to English Heritage. That is indeed a very important application, and well regarded local and national specialists recognised the uniqueness of the Warwick Rd Estate in Kensington by expressing strong support for its listing.Disappointingly, RBKC submitted the application last summer to English Heritage, in preparation to impose decesion on the demolition of Warwick Rd Estate. Residents studied the document and concluded that in the application submitted last summer RBKC failed to recognise special architectural importance of this 20th century architectural masterpiece, instead , RBKC strongly recommended to the English Heritage to issue Certificate of Immunity from listing, in order to prevent future listing status and to speed up demolition and total redevelopment activities.Your application has been prepared months in advance , and registration with EH is dated 2nd of July 2014., weeks and months before consultation on the future of the Warwick Rd Estate has been conducted and discussed with the residents and number of local Residents Associations. This is however not mentioned in the leaflet, which clearly left residents to believe, last September , that final decision is not preconceived, and that residents of RBKC had been properly consulted prior to final decision on the 30th of October.I will not comment now on the leaflet section proposing the compensation and ambitions for the future development as most likely we will not need to discuss it, following EH decision. I noted that you intend to appoint consultants now, on the taxpayers expense, not knowing what would be exactly your brief after the decision on the building listed status in 5-6 months time.It is disapointing to learn that massive inconsistencies in communication are associated with this consultation, and that council's dishonest approach in this matter demonstrated intention to mislead and disturb residents of RBKC.I look forward to receiving your reply.Yours sincerely,