Churchill Ward Labour Councillors Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams have written to Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, to demand a full ballot of all residents on any final scheme agreed for Ebury Bridge Estate.
This follows the publication today of the Mayor of London’s guide to estate regeneration, which sets out plans to protect social housing in the city.
The Tories kept relying on the draft consultation paper as an excuse not to have a referendum, despite having one in 2013.
The Mayor’s best practice guide, published today, is quite clear that a referendum is mandatory on any scheme where demolition is a part.
As Westminster Council has been quoting the Mayor’s guidance as a reason for their own decisions, they need to be consistent and follow now the guidance proposed by the Mayor – which is that estate referendums are mandatory.
Letter to Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing:
We are writing following today’s publication of the Mayor’s guide to estate regeneration to ask that the Council commit to holding a referendum on any final options for Ebury Bridge Estate.
As you will be aware the good practice guide calls for residents to be at the heart of decision-making and mandatory ballots of residents for schemes where any demolition is planned.
In the meeting with residents on 28th June 2016 you said the Council’s former commitment to holding a referendum as was held in 2013 had changed due to the Mayor’s then draft guidance. This was also echoed by Conservative Councillor Murad Gassanly in his recent speech to Full Council in January. As the final good practice guide does call for mandatory referenda then we take it that the Council’s decision has changed and you will continue to follow the Mayor’s advice.
Can you therefore please outline a timetable for a referendum in Ebury Bridge Estate on any final plans which come out of the current consultation.
We believe that any scheme must win the support of the existing residents before it can go ahead.