Decision expected today on Walthamstow charity's bid for judicial review

Christina Kitchen supporters outside the High Court this morning

Christina Kitchen supporters outside the High Court this morning

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A High Court decision on whether a soup kitchen can challenge an eviction bid by Waltham Forest Council is expected today.

Charity Christian Kitchen has been providing hot meals to homeless and destitute people from a van based in Mission Grove car park in Walthamstow for 20 years.

The council ordered the eviction of the charity last year after claiming their presence contributed significantly to anti-social behaviour.

The soup kitchen has been asked to move to a space off Billet Road Roundabout, but the charity's chairman, Norman Coe, said the location is potentially dangerous and will lead to less people being helped.

An online petition, launched last Wednesday, has attracted more than 1,700 signatures, including that of London Assembly member for Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest Jennette Arnold.

Last week several clergy men and woman across the borough penned an open letter to council leader Chris Robbins urging him to intervene and let the service continue.

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11:16am Wed 26 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Will Stella Creasey be going up there to fight on the behalf of these poor people or is she getting her frock for the Curry Night fund raising event with Alistair Campbell?
Will Stella Creasey be going up there to fight on the behalf of these poor people or is she getting her frock for the Curry Night fund raising event with Alistair Campbell? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -17

1:32pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is not just a soup kitchen anyhow it is a meal of life and human rights and the council are biting the hands that feed the needy.
This is not just a soup kitchen anyhow it is a meal of life and human rights and the council are biting the hands that feed the needy. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

1:40pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mdj says...

'The council ordered the eviction of the charity last year...'

This could mean several things: was it debated by full Council, or not? Waltham Forest has a habit of breaking the law and ignoring its own procedures, so anything is possible.
Good luck to the appeal.
There is an online petition against the expulsion which, when it has reached 1000 signatures from local residents, may be used to force a debate in the council chamber.
'The council ordered the eviction of the charity last year...' This could mean several things: was it debated by full Council, or not? Waltham Forest has a habit of breaking the law and ignoring its own procedures, so anything is possible. Good luck to the appeal. There is an online petition against the expulsion which, when it has reached 1000 signatures from local residents, may be used to force a debate in the council chamber. mdj
  • Score: 3

6:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Techno3 says...

mdj wrote:
'The council ordered the eviction of the charity last year...'

This could mean several things: was it debated by full Council, or not? Waltham Forest has a habit of breaking the law and ignoring its own procedures, so anything is possible.
Good luck to the appeal.
There is an online petition against the expulsion which, when it has reached 1000 signatures from local residents, may be used to force a debate in the council chamber.
Do you have a link?
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: 'The council ordered the eviction of the charity last year...' This could mean several things: was it debated by full Council, or not? Waltham Forest has a habit of breaking the law and ignoring its own procedures, so anything is possible. Good luck to the appeal. There is an online petition against the expulsion which, when it has reached 1000 signatures from local residents, may be used to force a debate in the council chamber.[/p][/quote]Do you have a link? Techno3
  • Score: 1

7:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Will Stella Creasey be going up there to fight on the behalf of these poor people or is she getting her frock for the Curry Night fund raising event with Alistair Campbell?
For your information, cornbeefur, Stella Creasy tweeted her support for the Christian Kitchen at least an hour before you posted your comment. Her tweet also indicated that she had attended a conference with them last week.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Will Stella Creasey be going up there to fight on the behalf of these poor people or is she getting her frock for the Curry Night fund raising event with Alistair Campbell?[/p][/quote]For your information, cornbeefur, Stella Creasy tweeted her support for the Christian Kitchen at least an hour before you posted your comment. Her tweet also indicated that she had attended a conference with them last week. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 4

1:01am Thu 27 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Will Stella Creasey be going up there to fight on the behalf of these poor people or is she getting her frock for the Curry Night fund raising event with Alistair Campbell?
For your information, cornbeefur, Stella Creasy tweeted her support for the Christian Kitchen at least an hour before you posted your comment. Her tweet also indicated that she had attended a conference with them last week.
One again, I am not related to Cornbeefurs. I am glad to hear this about Stella Creasey, least she could do in the circumstances and as I am not into the tweetings I would not have known but do appreciate you telling me as she has gone up a bit in my estimations. I wish she would not attend this curry night with Campbell as she states she was against Blair's wars and would have voted against them but by attending she adds credence to them and support what they have done.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Will Stella Creasey be going up there to fight on the behalf of these poor people or is she getting her frock for the Curry Night fund raising event with Alistair Campbell?[/p][/quote]For your information, cornbeefur, Stella Creasy tweeted her support for the Christian Kitchen at least an hour before you posted your comment. Her tweet also indicated that she had attended a conference with them last week.[/p][/quote]One again, I am not related to Cornbeefurs. I am glad to hear this about Stella Creasey, least she could do in the circumstances and as I am not into the tweetings I would not have known but do appreciate you telling me as she has gone up a bit in my estimations. I wish she would not attend this curry night with Campbell as she states she was against Blair's wars and would have voted against them but by attending she adds credence to them and support what they have done. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -11

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