Cash starved councils are complaining quite rightly that they are having millions of pounds cut from their budgets, and Waltham Forest is no exception.You would think that they would want to talk to the people of Cann Hall Ward and consult them on where the axe is to fall. You would be wrong; one of the main ways of consulting local people is to go. Community Councils were set up in 2002, whilst the Lib Dems were in joint control. Now the Council is ruled by a single party Labour, they are to go as of January 2011. They are to be replaced by Ward Forums, which will have no decision making powers, no notes will be taken, no minutes circulated, no council officers will attend to answer questions, and councillors don't have to take any notice. At the time of writing, there are not even terms of reference or roles for the ward panels.
Do they really care where the cuts fall? Do they really care about your views? Focus Team member Keith Rayner says: "The Lib Dems set them up, and the first chance Labour gets they close them down. What price democracy?"
To all residents of Cann Hall Ward - Liz, Keith and Adrian of the Cann Hall Focus Team wish you Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year.
Wanstead Flats - Olympic Police Briefing Centre
As many of you will know there have been several meetings and events regarding the controversial plan to erect this police base between Lake House Road and Centre Road onWanstead Flats. Focus can now report that a planning application has been submitted to Redbridge Council - that part of the Flats is in Redbridge. 'The temporary headquarters includes four marquees, 30 cabins, a kitchen, stables, kennels, and more than 370 parking spaces, surrounded by a three metre high fence, to be used for 90 days during the 2012 Games.' Focus will keep you informed of the outcome of this application.
Help to keep Cann Hall clean!
The Council now offers a weekly bulky rubbish collection service. Please don't dump unwanted items in the street. Call Waltham Forest Direct on (020) 8496 3000 for advice and to arrange a collection. The Council needs to know what items are to be picked up in advance.
At a meeting of the London Assembly in early November, Lib Dem member Dee Doocey questioned the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) Chair Kit Malthouse (Conservative member) about the future of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT). There is some evidence that Borough Commanders, or senior officers, in the Met have been sending lettersof consultation to councillors about the future of SNTs. Kingston Council received a letter on 21st October, addressed to ward councillors and panel members, which talked about resources being deployedfrom areas with lower crime and anti-social behaviour levels to wards with greater demand. The MPA Chair assured members that no changes would take place without full consultation, which will comeback to the Authority Feb/March for review.
Cllr. Liz Phillips says: "At a time when serious crime is on the increase the SNT is a vital link in combating crime. What do you think? Please drop me a line or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A/V Referendum Campaign
The Yes to Fairer Votes campaign has already begun and there is a campaign group for all Waltham Forest residents to join! Whatever your political party persuasion, the group already representatives from across political spectrum, including Lib Dem, Labour and Green activists. So If you believe in a fairer voting system, ensuring MPs gain 50% of the vote of local constituents, and being able to vote for the person you believe in the most! Rather that cynical tactical voting, then please join us! You will find us by sending an email to the group below and we can add you on to our mailing list at:email@example.com
If you're on Facebook , go to: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Yes-to-fairer-votes-in-Waltham-Forest-Newham/125453144169959 or write to Adrian Trett at the address above, or call him on 07801 290193.
Fairer Votes for Waltham Forest and Newham is hitting the streets for the first time, with a stall outside Leytonstone Underground Station. The 'Purple' people will be inviting passer-by to join the campaign and providing more information on the 'Alternative Vote', and which it is so much better than the First Past The Post. Help us by adding your name to YES supporters. The meet will be on Saturday 11 December, between 11am until 2pm at Leytonstone Tube Station (turn left out of the station - you can't miss us!). The organiser is James Cracknell, contact number 07761 963737
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