CROYDON COMMENTARY: A Purley resident affected by a controversial development on Norman and Derrick Avenues, ANDREW SADDINGTON responds to our latest report on the council’s planning committee by asking others from across the borough to come together
I don’t care what colour flag they fly under, this is about two or three people at the council, and a misuse of power and control.
Their actions are completely changing the character of the entire borough and their pathetic assertions that this is a response to the acknowledged severe housing crisis are laughable. It is simply profit for private developers or the council themselves via Brick by Brick.
And it is insulting in the extreme, not only to those of us who hold genuine concerns around social injustice and homelessness, but those in the borough who are in significant need of good quality housing.
The outcomes of the planning committee meetings reported here are unfortunately not surprising, although it is truly shocking the scale of this and how it is now affecting residents and communities across the whole borough.
Surely there should be some scrutiny at some level, as it is evident to us all, even by a cursory look at the voting patterns at planning committee meetings, that this is neither a transparent or fair process?
The planning department is under huge strain, they are not examining evidence fully and reports to the planning committee are therefore frequently incomplete or misleading. But the people at the helm are happy to ignore this, with the unquestioning support a handful of toadying lickspittles.
If anyone involved with the cases would like to get in touch with residents fighting the Norman and Derrick Avenue development, I am happy to be contacted: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is time we joined forces.
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