Richard Livingstone & Councillors make a commitment on the CPZ decisions
Posted by Zak
March 13, 07:27PM
Will Councillor Richard Livingstone and the Goose Green Councillors keep to their word, in relation to the CPZ decisions?
Following the meeting of the Dulwich Community Council on 29th January I wrote to Councillor Livingstone asking for clarification as to how the decisions relating to the CPZs would be taken. I wrote:
“At the Dulwich Community Council meeting on 29th January, Councillor Andy Simmons (the chair) was asked about how a decision would be taken on whether to proceed with the CPZ after the consultation had taken place. In response, he assured the meeting that “Southwark wouldn’t proceed to the next stage (i.e. of taking a CPZ forward to a Statutory Traffic Order Consultation) if the majority were to say “no” to a CPZ ” This undertaking was endorsed by Councillor James McAsh in conversation at the end of the meeting.
…... I hope you’re willing to uphold the democratic principles, to which I know the Labour party adheres, by agreeing to a decision being taken on a majority view in respect of both consultations”.
I went on to point out that last time there had been a CPZ Consultation in East Dulwich, in 2012, Councillor Peter John had written to residents in to reassure them that the result of the consultation would indeed be honoured (see attached). “Be assured” he wrote ”if objections outweigh support, there will be no CPZ”. They did and there was no CPZ. .
Richard Livingstone wrote back to me:
“Cllr John’s and Cllr Ward’s letter uses the word “outweigh” rather than majority. Clearly, we would be unlikely to proceed with the CPZ if there was a groundswell of opposition to it from local residents".
Councillor Richard Livingstone
Cabinet member for Environment, Transport Management and Air Quality
If one body of opinion outweighs another, then it must surely represent the majority! If that was good enough for the Leader of the Council last time round, then it should be good enough for Richard Livingstone- especially since our local councillors have stated their support for accepting the majority view.
Letter from Peter John to residents re. CPZ Cons.jpg (375.2KB)