Friday, 26 February 2010

Lewisham People and Residents Fight Back for Housing and Jobs.

Well what a week!

Monday night - as a member of the Canada Water Consultative Forum, we had full reports on more granted planning permission, the Downtown residents have fought long and hard to save the trees and woodland.

Steve Cornish who would make a fantastic local councillor has fought a very good and fair campaign, it is just so sad the Councillors for the area, Lib Dems, have forgotten they were elected to serve the interest of local people, not as they do the financial position of Developers. Southwark needs a Southwark People before Profit team.

Tuesday night - we had a fantastic meeting at Deptford Assembly, we expressed our concerns on Convoy Wharf and the other key developments in Deptford. We again urged local residents to support our campaign for new council housing, a new school, and turning the commercial units into work shops to create real jobs and local Business, instead of yet another Tesco.Youth issues were raised, lack of care for people with Disabled issues, and so much more. We ended the meeting with a new army of helpers and more council candidates for May 6th elections.

Wednesday night - we all had to split up as groups, we are and have been sending group members to every assembly to give out flyers and raise real issues. Me, Barbara Raymond, Susanna Farley and Other group members again raised our profile in New Cross Ward.

Susanna brought the house down on her passion for better housing and the need to build more council homes. I spoke on crime and youth as well as the real concerns of elderly and residents with disability issues not being given the care and support they need, only 1 of the 3 Local Labour Councillors showed up, again poor numbers of people, but more people offered help, Deptford and New Cross has had clearly more than enough of Labour.

Thursday night, yet more Meetings, Assembly's and a New Green Group was Forming, meeting at the Royal George Pub, on Tanners Hill, I arrived early so did a leaflet drop in Brockley, stunned by how well our flyer's are going down, this is a Green held ward, and yet they keep supporting and voting with the Labour Group, Local residents offered help and pledged votes for Lewisham People before profit.

The new Group was small but full of Energy, Arts Group Utopia, Friends of Deptford Creek and other local Groups pledged support for the campaign, We have planned a direct auction day for Saturday 13 March from 12pm in Deptford, Location and more details to follow, After having been involved in community campaigns for more than 30 years, I have never seen the numbers joining this campaign, attending our meetings or willing to help, John Hamilton has a really good chance of making the break through, Ian Page may even Kick Joan Out in Deptford as the MP, After all this is the Local MP who is a Climate minister but has done nothing to eradicate fuel poverty in Deptford, we could have turned Deptford into the Centre for Green energy and new jobs, as well as giving low cost fuel and power to local residents through Wind Turbine or the power of the water, But Joan is just happy to sit on her back side and let local residents Struggle to Eat, pay Bills, or even get a job interview, Affordable Housing, a new school, Come may 6, she deserves the order of the boot.........

...Hope to meet up with you on the campaign trial, we need every one to help, when ever you can, what ever you can offer, this is a fight we as residents can win.Please email every one you can who has a Lewisham Connection, we do not have the Money the Conservatives Lib Dems or Labour Have, they will seek to buy your votes, we are seeking your votes to change the way these people live of your hard earned tax and build new council homes, create real jobs and campaign in the interests of Local people not big business, Council services, Schools and Hospitals should not be run to make a profit, much the same way Councillors are elected to serve local people not line their own pockets..How many party Candidates would have been active in any local residents campaign, Group ofr direct action, looking at the present bunch none, they are all party people looking for a easy way into politics.
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