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I'm not happy with the way the Liveable Crouch End project is being handled so I have written to
Dear Councillor Hearn
To watch Cllr Hearn speak of an act of love click here
Yes, in a marquee full of people wearing lanyards, gazing intently at a screen high lighting the location of Crouch End's notorious underground station.
I perhaps should have mentioned that I have received the obligatory 'out of office' notice from Cllr. Hearn
I have had a reply from Kirsten Hearn, which is good.
My interpretation of it , though , is that it is an attempt to fob me off, to kick the can down the road, to befuddle me with meta-technicalities, to fill me with a sense of my own importance at getting a meeting with a Cabinet Member, whilst all the time the very thing I have complained about runs on unchecked. Which is bad.
My response to it is to be angry and to fire off a sarcastic reply. Which is typical.
The effect of my sarcastic reply will be to cut me out of any further communication with Cllr Hearn. Which is neither here nor there, given that the purpose of her communication with me was primarily to prevent me having an opinion.
What do you think?
Cllr Hearn;s response:
Apologies but I’m just back from leave and wrestling my bulging inbox into submission.
Mark Acourt (o might have spelled his name wrong) is on the board from Crouch end Neighbourhood Forum. I would agree with you that we need to further engage with the community and have asked officers to do this.
We are going into trials after the summer. Nothing is set in stone. WE need to see if particular measures work, and if they don’t, which may happen, we need to try something else. There’s only so much that computer modelling can do in the end.
I am happy to meet with you, with officers to talk over your concerns. My Cabinet Support Officer (copied in) will try to arrange a time. It may not be till after August though, as I will bring an officer or two who has more technical expertise than I have.
If there are community groups you think we should be engaging with, please let me know and I will ask officers to do that, as they work through this stage of the project, and onwards.
In reply to which my sarcastic response
Dear Cllr Hearn
I have now had a reply form Cllr Hearn. Briefly, I think the minutes should have been published well before July, and apart from that she appears to agree with me that important design decisions are being taken without reference to the ultimate consumers of the changes.
Dear Mr Essex
Your enquiry about Liveable Neighbourhoods Project
Ref : LBH/8997919
Thank you for your enquiry.
I understand that your request for the minutes of the stakeholder meeting in April was received just as we were preparing for the Liveable Neighbourhood Conference and as a result this request was not actioned. My apologies – please find attached the minutes as requested.
We understand your concerns regarding what appears to be silence on the project since the workshops in April. We are in a period of the project where a lot of design exploration work is currently being undertaken but as yet there is not much that we can share as the designs are still developing and changing as we seek to ensure we maximise the opportunity of the funding to the benefit of multiple stakeholders. However we have noted your, and others, request for more information on the scheme to be shared and are in the process of revamping the website to provide data from the workshops and some of our progress on the project over the last few months and to make the website in general more user friendly. This will be completed in early September and we also plan to hold another stakeholder meeting in September once the holidays are over – we are just in the process of finding a suitable venue for the meeting.
In terms of the change in the consultation dates this is as a result of feedback from the workshops and key stakeholders such as TfL inputting into the design process. A series of potential feasibility options will be presented at the next gateway to TfL. They will be reviewing the options on the basis of whether they meet the objectives of the funding, whether they are feasible in terms of budget and in terms of their wider responsibilities such as bus priority, cycling provision and road network management. There will not be a single option presented to TfL at this feasibility stage. The gateway is to confirm that the project is on track in terms of budget and aspiration not to approve a single option to be further developed. We will be presenting a series of options and choices to the community following this gateway.
We will be in touch with you to invite you to the stakeholder forum and to alert you when the website has been updated with further information on the project. My Support officer Jack is also trying to arrange a date for a council officer and I to meet with you to discuss the project further.
I hope that you are satisfied with my response to your enquiry. If you have any follow-up queries or need more information, please contact Member Enquiries in the first instance.
Councillor Kirsten Hearn
Labour Councillor for Stroud Green Ward
Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability
07583 119 123
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