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Tuesday 26 February 2013 5.42pm
inexile wrote:
For instance I am just curious how a Labour council that isn't so keen, maybe, on this idea will eventually collaborate with two neighbourhood councils that are more into the idea of making them work than they (a Labour council) might be
It's important to be clear that we are not talking about "neighbourhood councils" or parish councils here - those terms imply a wide-ranging representation/governance role.

The purpose of this process is to draw up a planning policy document which - if accepted by a majority of residents (and potentially businesses) in a referendum - the (borough) council must then use as a tool when determining planning applications.

The neighbourhood forum itself doesn't get to decide on any planning applications, it's just the author and custodian of the policy document, which (IIRC) has a five-year shelf-life.

And as the neighbourhood plan must be in general conformity with the borough's policy and the London-wide policy, there isn't much scope for anything too wacky.

Personally, I would welcome a more sensible wider debate on sub-borough-level local governance and representation in this area, but in the current political climate in Southwark such a debate isn't going to happen.

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Tuesday 26 February 2013 5.47pm
I can only agree with both of you. It should not be about being politically tidy. It should be about being street-tidy and quality of life. Can we start by taking down that sign saying "Welcome to Borough and Bankside" and replace it with something along the lines of "Proudly Bermondsey for 1000 years" or something?
Wednesday 27 February 2013 12.40pm
spych102 wrote:
I can only agree with both of you. It should not be about being politically tidy. It should be about being street-tidy and quality of life. Can we start by taking down that sign saying "Welcome to Borough and Bankside" and replace it with something along the lines of "Proudly Bermondsey for 1000 years" or something?

Agree. And it could only be good for the eastern section of Bermondsey to be perceived as part of the same area. Hopefully in time it might see some eastward migration of larger employers.
Wednesday 27 February 2013 1.17pm
Well we have 2 groups...one too big and one too small....which will be the first (and probably most likely therefore to succeed) to change their area of interest?
Thursday 7 March 2013 9.25am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21696010

The first of these types of groups into action
Friday 26 April 2013 4.54pm
Anything happening on this?
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