WALTHAMSTOW: Campaigners stage another EMD protest

The protestors yesterday

The protestors yesterday

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CAMPAIGNERS calling for the former EMD building to be re-opened as a cinema protested in the rain yesterday.

The campaigners are against plans by the building's owners, evangelical Christian group Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), to convert the Hoe Street building into a church and community centre.

They want to see the building sold to a cinema operator or compulsory purchased by the council, but it is understood the authority would find it difficult to win an appeal against a compulsory purchase order of the site.

Politicians including two of the prospective general election candidates for the Walthamstow seat Farid Ahmed (Lib Dem) and Stella Creasy (Labour) joined yesterday's protest.

Cllr Liaquat Ali, who represents High Street ward, also attended the protest despite his Labour cabinet colleagues' support for a cinema on the Arcade site.

Bill Hodgson, of the McGuffin Film Society, organised the latest protest.

He said: "It is good to see that some politicians are now listening to local people and getting behind the campaign to save this unique cultural asset. "We want the council to assess UCKG's planning application as a matter of priority and not put it on the back burner as we enter an election year."

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2:04pm Mon 14 Dec 09

Panoptes says...

Be warned, local politicians did almost exactly the same thing at almost exactly the same point in the cycle before the local elections four years ago. Wide promises were made about a cinema and, as a result, Cllr Ali's two High Street Ward Labour colleagues lost their seats to the Lib Dems. The election bandwagon is rolling again and my advice would be to take anything politicians say in relation to the EMD with a pinch of salt - in fact a lorry-load!
Be warned, local politicians did almost exactly the same thing at almost exactly the same point in the cycle before the local elections four years ago. Wide promises were made about a cinema and, as a result, Cllr Ali's two High Street Ward Labour colleagues lost their seats to the Lib Dems. The election bandwagon is rolling again and my advice would be to take anything politicians say in relation to the EMD with a pinch of salt - in fact a lorry-load! Panoptes
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4:07pm Mon 14 Dec 09

Techno2 says...

Did any of the politicians mention what happened to the money in the poor fund and from the education budget? Stella Creasy and Laiqat Ali were both councillors during the period when some of the money went missing. The Independent Panel report found that some of the miscreants have been protected by unnmaed persons (this is taken to be some councillors by many.) If they didn't discuss honesty in our public administration at the demonstration, would Stella Creasy and Laiqat Ali care to take the opportunity to tell us what they know? Will they now condemn the thieves? Can they name the people who should be being made to give the money back? Can they name the people providing protection to the crooks? Do they see these people as having any future in public life?
Did any of the politicians mention what happened to the money in the poor fund and from the education budget? Stella Creasy and Laiqat Ali were both councillors during the period when some of the money went missing. The Independent Panel report found that some of the miscreants have been protected by unnmaed persons (this is taken to be some councillors by many.) If they didn't discuss honesty in our public administration at the demonstration, would Stella Creasy and Laiqat Ali care to take the opportunity to tell us what they know? Will they now condemn the thieves? Can they name the people who should be being made to give the money back? Can they name the people providing protection to the crooks? Do they see these people as having any future in public life? Techno2
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4:28pm Tue 15 Dec 09

Techno2 says...

I see Ms Creasy has once again declined an invitation to explain where the money went. I wonder if she is embarrassed by some of her dodgy friends or comfortable to be sharing a ticket with them at the next election. Or maybe her silence on the issue of disappearing pubic funds during her time as councillor, and subsequently, is for other reasons.
I see Ms Creasy has once again declined an invitation to explain where the money went. I wonder if she is embarrassed by some of her dodgy friends or comfortable to be sharing a ticket with them at the next election. Or maybe her silence on the issue of disappearing pubic funds during her time as councillor, and subsequently, is for other reasons. Techno2
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