Thursday, June 12, 2008

Trying to get get the Town Hall listed, closing Tenants Halls back on the Tory/Lib Dem Agenda!


The Tory/Lib Dem Coalition are desperate to flog off the Town Hall asap to justify their move to the Tooley Street Titanic and therefore I have requested that English Heritage consider requesting the listing of Southwark Town Hall so that the building can remain a monument to civic pride and to the people honoured on it's walls!
My press quote is as follows:
“The Lib Dem/Tory coalition seems set on selling off the Southwark Town Hall complex, which is not only the borough’s democratic centre but is also an important part of the history of Camberwell. Flogging it off opens up the potential for the building to be demolished which would rip the heart out of Camberwell and destroy the commemorative monuments inside such as those to Camberwell residents who were awarded the Victoria Cross and died in combat. I hope that by getting it listed we can avoid such a travesty.”
Southwark News reported plans are afoot again to flog of Tenants Halls, something atempted and put on hold just before the last Council elections in 2006! Then there was a cynical attempt to to use disability legislation , the DDA, as their excuse and now it is apparently "Health & Safety"? As an H&S Adviser myself I cant wait to hear officers stumbling over their justifications to OSC! It really is quite pathetic and really shows if more evidence is needed that the Tory tail is most definately wagging the Lib Dem dog!!

Good to see Rotten Boroughs in Private Eye pick up on the £6,000 Champers party with Veolia which we all footed the bill for, as they say "trebles all round!" Southwark may soon have to have it's very own page in that esteemed organ?

On the Hibs front rumours still abound about Real Madrid's interest in Stephen Fletcher and it also seems that Anderlecht have their sights on Benjouloun. It would be a real loss to lose both our main strikers but at this moment in time Benji looks a more likely one to leave but not at any less a price than £1M!