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Planning Policy Members

Author: Cyril Richert

We urge everyone to attend the Planning Committee meeting on 20 May 2009. All details are here but I copy them below:

So it is very important that you make the most efforts to attend the meeting, especially after the blessing of the Planning Officer on the two 42 storey towers:

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009 – 7.30pm (we advise you to come earlier, possibly 7-7.15pm).
Venue: Wandsworth Borough Council, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU (more details how to get there on the website).

In order to make things easier, you might want to take the list of the committee members I compiled for you, with photos (*) below (you can print it and bring it with you on the day):


Councillor Leslie McDonnell (Chairman)


Councillor Piers McCausland (Deputy Chairman)


Councillor Tony Belton (Opposition Speaker)


Councillor Ms Dee Church


Councillor Mrs. Vanessa Graham


Councillor John Hallmark


Councillor Ms Susan John-Richards


Councillor Martin D. Johnson


Councillor Andrew Penfold


Councillor Dr. Billi Randall


Councillor Ms Rosemary Torrington


Councillor Mrs. Caroline Usher

(*) I cannot assure you they will wear the same piece of clothing as on photos.

For your information, the list of emails is:

lmcdonnell@wandsworth.gov.uk;
tbelton@wandsworth.gov.uk;
dchurch@wandsworth.gov.uk;
vgraham@wandsworth.gov.uk;
jhallmark@wandsworth.gov.uk;
sjohnrichards@wandsworth.gov.uk;
martinjohnson@wandsworth.gov.uk;
apenfold@wandsworth.gov.uk;
brandall@wandsworth.gov.uk;
rtorrington@wandsworth.gov.uk;
cusher@wandsworth.gov.uk;

Committee secretary: Martin Newton
mnewton@wandsworth.gov.uk

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May 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm 8 comments

Planning Committee event: some information

We urge everyone to attend the Planning Committee meeting on 20 May 2009. All details are here but I copy them below:

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009 – 7.30pm (we advise you to come earlier, possibly 7-7.15pm).
Venue: Wandsworth Borough Council, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU (more details how to get there on the website).

So it is very important that you make the most efforts to attend the meeting, especially after the blessing of the Planning Officer on the two 42 storey towers.


Author: Cyril Richert

A few days ago I asked two questions regarding the organisation of the planning committee meeting on 20 May. I received the following answer from the Committee Secretary (in blue):

1- Is there any rule regarding presentation/speaker ?

I can confirm that public speaking is not allowed at the Planning Applications Committee. The only speakers are members of the Committee and, with the Committee’s consent, ward members who are not members of the Committee that particularly wish to speak on an issue affecting their ward.

2- Would it be possible to make a video of the meeting (in line with our call for democracy in action, and as per the public debate)?

I have discussed your request for recording the meeting with the Chairman, Councillor McDonnell. The Committee have occasionally received similar requests in the past (although not for a video recording) and the policy has previously been not to agree such requests. After due consideration, the Chairman has asked me to inform you that he intends to proceed with past convention and to not accede to your request to record the meeting. However, I can confirm that because of the possibility that a large number of people will wish to attend next week’s meeting, and the fact that Committee Room 123 can only cater for around 50 members of the public, additional seating is to be provided in Room 122 opposite and a camera positioned in Room 123 will relay sound and vision to a screen in room 122, thereby ensuring that everybody who wishes to attend and hear the discussions and decision on the application will comfortably be able to do so.

I then asked if it was possible to record video in Room 122, and/or to have the official video from the Council made available afterwards.

Bearing in mind the Chairman’s decision on your request to film the meeting I think the answer would also have to be no to filming in Room 122, as the meeting would be being broadcast in this room and allowing you to film there would give you the opportunity to record the proceedings as they are relayed onto the screen in that room.

I am not aware of any intention to make the Council’s transmission from the meeting available after the meeting – the equipment is being used solely to ensure that any members of the public that do attend the Town Hall and are unable to get in to Room 123 due to numbers attending are able to see and hear the debate and decision as it happens.

May 14, 2009 at 9:16 am 2 comments


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