The residents affected by this planning decision which was rushed through before Christmas are clearly in a mood to fight back. They have set up a local campaigning site on facebook, curiously called the ‘Hammersmith Grapevine’. On that site the residents accuse our Council, which of course is conservative, of rushing the decision through against their wishes in order to facillitate this forthcoming visit of David Cameron to launch Shaun Bailey’s election campaign. Ominously, they say:
A resident’s petition, numbering nearly 400, was handed to local councillors in opposition to the proposed redevelopment of green land right next to their homes into what the Council are calling in marketing speak a ‘Mediterrenean Village’ – or if you prefer plain English a ‘high density housing block’ which will make developers and therefore the Council lots of money.
Andy Slaughter MP has vowed to respond to any resident’s request for help in getting the decision ‘called in’ (i.e. halted) by central government. But given the time we have left before the election I can’t see this happenning.
More likely to happen, and I am absolutely not telling anyone how to vote, is that Shaun Bailey will find it ever harder to pick up the votes of people like these who he needs in order to win the newly created Hammersmith constituency. Shaun Bailey has not attacked this decision by the Council as he did their decision on the Goldhawk Block here. And yet David Cameron needs to win this seat in order to form the next UK government. So its high stakes to local residents – and to big time politicians – and actually all of us who live in the Bush, because you can be sure a similar planning decision may be coming to your part of the Bush some time soon..watch this space!