Times letters: Carlton Tavern site, Cllr Adbi Abdirazak sacking and save stamps for charity
PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 September 2018
© Adam Tiernan Thomas
Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times' readers this week.
Breakthrough in preserving these iconic buildings
Leslie Barson, Granville Community Kitchen and Cllr Abdirazak Abdi, Kilburn Ward, write:
We are writing to celebrate a breakthrough in the struggle over the Granville/Catrlton site, both important iconic heritage buildings in South Kiburn.
The 10-storey housing block planned for the garden of the Granville was scrapped by South Kilburn Regeneration Team last week.
Throughout the consultation, those who live or work in the area have said this block was a disaster being a loss of community and garden space, throwing Granville community centre into darkness and changing the site from community focused to one that is a difficult multi use space.
The housing has been moved onto part of the Granville building.
We intend to keep pressing the council to preserve the Granville and Carlton buildings completely intact and the site remaining solely for community use.
How can we trust council?
Paul Scott, secretary, Kilburn (Brent) Labour Party, writes:
Cllr Abdi Abdirazak, a newly-elected Kilburn councillor, was sacked from Brent Planning Committee on July 9 by the Brent council leader (“Sacked for voting the wrong way”).
Cllr Abdi and the Kilburn Labour Party believe this happened because he “voted the wrong way” on a number of planning applications, but our attempts to find out more have failed because the council leader Cllr Muhammed Butt has refused to answer questions at local meetings, and has so far not responded to my invitation to discuss the background.
Instead he has ducked, dived and backtracked (at one point asserting that Clr Abdi was on another committee – not true).
The bigger issue here is not how one council leader can avoid accountability, but about ensuring Brent’s committee appointments are transparent and accountable to the electorate.
If an elected councillor, representing local residents can be removed from a committee against his will and with no satisfactory explanation, how can we be sure this isn’t how many our Brent committees are managed – with a disregard for accountability and due process?
Clearly the whole Brent committee system needs a close look – this latest incident is worrying for local democracy.
Please send me used stamps for St Luke’s Hospice
Jon Cope, Cecil Road, writes:
Via your letters page, may I remind your many readers that I still collect used stamps for St Luke’s Hospice?
Please send them to me at 11, Cecil Road, Wealdstone, Harrow, HA3 5QY.