Saturday, 26 April 2014

Green Lane Inquiry Update

Many blog readers will have had one of these letters (below) through their door in the last day or so. It's really just to confirm what we already knew - that the public inquiry  regarding the application to turn 2-4 Green Lane into a Mosque will resume on Thursday 29th May for two days.

It will be at the Salvation Army Hall again. Hopefully they might have some sort of sound system this time - many people found it very difficult to hear proceedings on the first two days. Also I would have expected it to be recorded like many public council meetings are, however strangely (to me at least) this was not the case.

It will be starting at 9:30am on both days and if you would like to attend, please email developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk.

As usual I will be there to argue our case where possible although having now spoken (and been cross examined) I might not have another opportunity to speak officially. I will however keep blog readers up to date with those facts that I can report - given that it is an ongoing inquiry and I am not able to say anything that could prejudice the case.






Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Sutton Court Road, Sutton, SM1 4SY

12 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Gino said...

Does anyone know how much the process has cost to date.
I am concerned because of when the council tax freeze that is set by the government comes to an end. It all adds to the cost of living rise in Worcester Park.

Alex said...

So that will push the inquiry sufficiently far back to a week after the local elections, won't it?

I guess that should suit soon-to-be former local councillors, who remain keen to have their name and photo featured when it came to spending shedloads of our money on things we didn't need, (and routinely failed): Victoria House 'artwork', Cuddington Rec path, one-way car park, back-to-front benches, a high street full of 'non-operational' recycled waste bins). But then had such difficulty engaging when it came to something important like this, that actually makes a difference to living, working, trading and commuting here.

Gino said...

As you are aware ,that is why the government introduced the council tax freeze. To stop tax and waste councils and protect local communities. HoHowever it is crucial that we vote this council out ,one reason being ,nearly 7500 households are struggling to pay nearly £1.5M in council tax arrears . Help for all ,waste for none ?

Guest said...

7,500 households struggling to pay £1.5M in tax arrears? ... Whilst well over £2M was spent on wacko cosmetic high street projects! Something's seriously wrong around here. . .

Wacko cosmetic projects that according to Sutton Council's own research, only 11% of us think make it more likely that we'll visit Worcester Park and 84% of us think have made absolutely no difference whatsoever.

Gino said...

And when the freeze has thawed many will be left out in the cold if council tax gets out of control again with tax and waste . The main reason to use your right to vote is to help your community that includes the vulnerable as we know.
We need to get the priorities right.

Public Inquiry Round Two said...

The Public Inquiry for the proposed Mosque in Green Lane resumed today (29th May) and will hopefully finish tomorrow. This Application has always been severely flawed as regards traffic and parking issues and it would be good to see more people at the Inquiry supporting their local Traders and Community before Worcester Park grinds to a standstill under the strain of yet more traffic.

vr said...

Simon, do you know what the outcome of this public enquiry is? How did the hearing go? I must say i completely lost the plot because of the half term...

Public Inquiry Round Three? said...

When I left the Inquiry on Friday, when it broke for lunch, it was pretty obvious that it would over run. The Inspector had already indicated that this might be the case but said he would not be available again until late July so if it did not conclude yesterday that will in all likelihood be when it resumes.

Alex said...

Yes there will be a Round 3...

In fact the WPRA have kindly just distributed an email, keeping members informed that the next date has now been fixed: Tuesday 14th October!

Perhaps the final decision will be successfully postponed not just until after the local and Euro elections, but until after the General Election?

guest said...

14/10/14 so the Bank of Chambers will still carry on its thriving b&b business! Unbelievable that this has gone on this far.I live in Green Lane and everyone that lives here knows that the building is being used illegally.So what does Mr Aziz have to say about that? Round 3? ,there should not have even been a round 2.Oh by the way i see there a property available for sale near Mr Aziz.Thinking of a community centre application................

Parkerilla said...

Yes , I walk past everyday and it seems to me it's being used as some kind of unlicensed hostel. As an example, amongst others, about a week ago I saw two young Australian sounding people with big suitcases like they might of just come from Heathrow knock at the door of Bank Chambers as I was walking past, the door was opened by an Indian/Pakistani person who they introduced themselves to, the body language said they hadn't met before then a bit of chat and they went in. With a few other similar things I've seen I have no doubt it is used as a short stay hostel, the sort of illegal thing advertised on gumtree?

Dave said...

The "council tax freeze" is an illusion.
Epsom & Ewell which, of course, covers part of Worcester Park (despite the impression given by this blog that it's all about LBS) has raised its Council Tax by the maximum permitted every year since the so-called "freeze" came in.

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