TORY OPPOSITION LEADER SLAMS LAMBETH – “HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED”
Answers to questions raising human rights issues over the Central Hill estate demolition have NOT been answered, says Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs ahead of tonight’s call-in meeting on the Central Hill demolition.
He says that, in response to his ‘call-in’, human rights and property rights have not been properly considered.
“There is nothing in the answer from the council which sets out how this issue has been addressed, and what the legal requirements are under the law;
“For example human rights and property rights considerations stemming from the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights, but also any relevant decisions, for example the Aylesbury estate decision, or the consent order agreed at Appeal between the Government and LB Southwark.
“I understand that there are a number of papers to read, but the papers at present do not appear to be anywhere near as many as have been printed for previous call-ins.
“I would urge the council to allow all of the papers to be considered from my original application.
“It is important that the council is not seen to be frustrating the purpose of the call-in by using procedural objections.
“To clarify, just because I do not have time to respond to an email in detail does not mean I approve or disapprove of a decision made by officers.
“As you will be aware, the Labour administration made a decision to take away all administrative and office support from opposition councillors, whilst Labour councillors receive £350,000 of office and administrative support every year, along with £1.5 million of support from the Communications department.
Cllr Briggs’ comments are made in emails to a Lambeth legal officer and Mr Shemi Leira, chairman of Lambeth Leaseholders Council.
The legal officer, Alison McKane, has told Mr Leira: “As the council’s monitoring officer I was asked to consider whether the papers prepared by you and submitted by Cllr Briggs as part of the call in papers should be included with the published agenda.
“Having reviewed the contents of the papers I considered that these appeared to be background papers supporting the call in but not part of the call in papers themselves. “Cllr Briggs was therefore advised of this and provided with the explanation below as to why they were not included in the published materials. “I am not aware that Cllr Briggs has taken issue with that decision.
“This does not of course prevent them from being used in support of the call in, nor does it prevent you from referring to the papers should you be invited to speak at the call in meeting.”
Tonight’s meeting will also discuss the issue of “key guarantees” to people whose homes are facing demolition – and the issues of mechanisms and principles. (Please see separate story: The Lambeth Viewpoint – Ed.)