The Archbishop of Southwark would be delighted to hear from you...
The Bishop is in charge of the Diocese, the Dean in charge of the Cathedral. Yes, I dare say that ultimately the Dean is under the charge of the Bishop, but only like any other parish priest. If you write to the Bishop you are not dealing with the person who has the information you need.
I made some notes during the PUBLIC MEETING see below:-
Note from Meeting:
1. Meeting attended by 50+ local residence of all ages and backgrounds. & Simon Hughes
2. A lot of high emotions and anger was voiced towards Southwark Cathedral. People expect better from the Cathedral,
3. Anger over the lack of consultation with the local residence
4. Anger that the Cathedral has threaten to sell the land to a private developer if they do not get their way.
5. Many concerns raised about the proposal-
a/ Loss of light
b/ loss of privacy
c/ within a conservation area
d/ possible loss of garden
6. Point raised that the Parish boundary had changed some years ago to exclude the site but had recently changed back to include the site once more, this is seen as a cynical move by the Cathedral.
7. That the proposal flouts the Councils own Urban District Plan and its Conservation area. Do these documents count for anything?
8. The Cathedral have greatly under valued their property assets in their annual report.
9. The meeting urged Simon Hughes, as a member of the Southwark Cathedral Council to approach the Dean to withdraw the application and to have a sensible consultation with the community to come to a viable alternative.
Simon Hughes Reply
1. Very concerned over the loss of privacy and the loss of light that the proposed development will cause
2. He had only seen the plans the day before
3. This development had not come up at any of the Cathedral Council meetings that he had attended.
4. He had met the Dean the day before to see the plans and the site
5. Told the Dean that "He does not take kindly to threats" when the Dean said that the land would be sold to a developer if he does not get approval.
6. Bitter that the community was not consulted properly.
7. Is not supportive of it and does not believe the proposal has good merit
8. Agrees the garden must be kept in it present format
9. Believes the community would easily be able to come up with a better scheme if consulted properly
10. Style of building not appropriate for the conservation area
11. He will write a letter to the Dean to ask them to drop the application and to consult with the community and to come up with a proposal that is acceptable to both the Cathedral and the local community.
12. He would be happy to help facilitate that consultation.