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Angry residents mob councillor in Walthamstow
A group of thirty angry residents last night mobbed their local councillor outside a meeting which saw an unpopular planning application approved.
Residents of Penrhyn Grove, Brettenham Road and Penrhyn Avenue in Walthamstow heckled Cllr Paul Douglas as he spoke in favour of a new “self-build” project to house young building apprentices in Penrhyn Grove at a planning committee meeting.
The group of residents opposed the application for ten properties on the grounds that too many houses were being squeezed into a small space.
Cllr Douglas told the meeting residents he consulted were “broadly in favour” of the application, at which point booing and hissing could be heard from the public gallery.
The plans were recommended for approval by a planning officer and approved by four votes to three, with chairman Peter Barnett saying he was satisfied the development was safe and of a good quality.
After the meeting residents challenged Cllr Douglas on the steps of the town hall and some followed him to his car.
Daniel Lockwood, 40, a teacher who has lived in Brettenham Road for ten years, said he was “apalled” at the decision which would “condemn people to live in the slums of the future.”
Mr Lockwood said to Cllr Douglas: “You are accountable to us councillor. To my eternal shame I voted for you.”
Cllr Douglas said left saying: “You are shouting and you are being rude.”
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