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Thursday 15 May 2014 12.53pm
We've been a bit slow off the mark with local election coverage this year, but tomorrow I'll be interviewing Southwark Labour leader Peter John and Lib Dem leader Anood Al-Samerai.

Suggestions for questions of general SE1 interest/relevance welcome.

You may wish to look at the interviews I did four years ago to see what they said then:

Labour: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/4520
Lib Dem: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/4515

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Thursday 15 May 2014 1.08pm
James, remind Peter of his quote in your 2010 interview:

"The first thing we'd do is not sell off our existing stock. The Liberal Democrats claim that Labour has 'secret plans' for this, that and the other in respect of housing, but at the same time they are selling off our council property including larger homes."

And ask him why under his stewardship such sales have continued.
Thursday 15 May 2014 2.45pm
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Thursday 15 May 2014 9.23pm
Please ask why our elected representatives appear to show contempt for local residents in terms of provision of social housing (note, not "affordable" housing, which is not affordable) and preference for rich "high end" buyers who appear to purchase property which sits empty and only for speculative gain?

In short, why are we not looking after "our own", to quote an earlier post on this website.
Thursday 15 May 2014 9.31pm
Thank you.

I would like Peter John to explain why he and Fiona Colley seem to feel it necessary to continue to justify evictions of council tenants and leaseholders at the Elephant & Castle on the grounds of "creating mixed communities" there, whilst actively supporting, for all new developments north of the Elephant, any semblance of a mix of ownership. Is it because he thinks that the voting public are too stupid to understand the real, honest, dilemmas that the council faces in housing policy, and he really believes that we buy this sort of tosh?
Thursday 15 May 2014 9.45pm
Sorry, one more for Peter John.

Given Southwark Council have said they are "broadly pleased" with the tribunal's ruling against them in the FoI case relating to the viability assessment that supported the Heygate planning application's numerous deviations from council policy, can he confirm that the information will indeed now be released straight away, before the local elections on 22 May? This would of course allow local people to vote according to the information it will reveal - or would he prefer to find a reason to delay until after the election has taken place?
Thursday 15 May 2014 10.58pm
questions for peter john:
1) ask him to define 'fair' (as in 'fairer for all' when disabled and people on benefits get to be even poorer because of his & his cabinet's decisions, when disabled & people on benefits are taken to court because of their 'fair', council debts (rent arrears, council tax; or, in the context of housing, 'fair' could mean it's fair that local people get evicted to make room for the rich non-residents?)
2) how is southwark a 'cycling' borough when existing cycle lanes have been removed in the last 4 years and not a single segregated cycle lane has been installed in spite of various pledges he himself made in the past?
Friday 16 May 2014 9.29am
Housing, housing, housing - where is all the social housing being built / going to be built with the S106 millions which Southwark Council have received in the past five years?
Friday 16 May 2014 9.50am
Thanks everyone.

Suziq - that one is a simple matter of public record - see maps of the phase 1 and phase 2 sites here.

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Saturday 17 May 2014 12.02pm
suziq wrote:
Housing, housing, housing - where is all the social housing being built / going to be built with the S106 millions which Southwark Council have received in the past five years?

More so, how are 11,000 new council homes going to paid for? Savills report done for Council about financing the new homes lays out various options. Are any actually feasible?
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