Wednesday, 16 March 2016
CLLR FAULKS AND EXEMPLARY CONSULTATION OVER NEWCOMBE HOUSE
My Dearest Dame,
Cllr Faulks, one of the Hillgate Village Ward Councillors, has written to the Council objecting to the proposed Newcombe House development.
A good start for the new Councillor but she needs to sharpen her act.
Furious residents approached Cllr Faulks and asked her to help them represent their views to the Planning Department about the proposed skyscraper for Nottinghill Gate.
Her letter starts well. The first paragraph is all about her residents and their concerns. Then she goes on to list six major objections and why they should be taken seriously.
So far, so good.
Then the letter starts to collapse. “Many aspects of the development that I commend” she chirrups.
Then she sells out completely. “I commend the developers for their efforts to involve and listen. Exemplary”
The developers seem to have listened in the tradition of Cllr Weale. “We agreed to listen but not to hear”.
Cllr Faulks cannot have it both ways.
Residents have just put in a petition with 750 signatures to the Council objecting to the plans.
How could these resident views have been missed by the “exemplary consultation?”
Cllr Faulks needs to learn that she cannot be all things to all men when she joins a campaign. When she represents residents she has to represent their interests. She should not maintain an eye over her shoulder.....
Yours respectfully etc