New entrance to station is fenced off

New entrance to station is fenced off

New entrance to station is fenced off

First published in Your Views

Lars Petersson (Guardian, January 23) isn’t the only person the normally-loquacious Cllr Loakes is reluctant to reply to.

For some weeks now, the long-awaited new Edison Close entrance to Walthamstow Queens Road station has been complete and ready for use but remains fenced off. I have twice emailed Cllr Loakes – deputy leader and a long-time supporter of the scheme - asking him if there is any truth in the rumour that the council is deliberately delaying its opening until April, so that it can highlight it as a victory in the run-up to the elections in May.

He has not replied to either email – if the rumour is untrue, surely he should be anxious to deny it immediately and get the new entrance opened as soon as possible?

Graham Larkbey, Carr Road, Walthamstow

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2:49pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mdj says...

The opening of this path was one of a list of objectives of the GOBLIN and WF Transport Action Group campaigns of the early 90's, and was possibly an issue from even earlier than that. Specific promises were made at that time, for sure - over 20 years ago!

Graham Larkbey is probably right in his suspicions. It's impossible that our Councillors can be unaware of a whole list of simple measures that would improve the Borough. It's fair to suspect that they are kept in reserve as a kind of Christmas List, to be sparingly doled out at times when we may show the necessary gratitude.

But he won't hear from Mr Loakes. There are too many other questions ahead of this on the list he needs to answer, such as:

What happened to the £11 million BNI funding that went walkies on his watch? Why was nobody jailed, sacked or even reprimanded?
Why did his Council give away land worth £5 million to a special interest group chaired by a senior Labour colleague?
What was his role in the £32 million of abortive spending on the cancelled Pinkhams Way waste plant on his watch as Chair of the NL Waste Authority?
Who was managing the Worknet contracts, which have cost us millions for no visible return?
What action did he take as director of the E11BID, when it was clear that the company was in trouble, having received £400,000k from the Council?
How rigorous are the selection processes to become a Labour councillor in this borough, if you can pass through them, and then get jailed for stealing £100,000 from a charity?

Other readers will have their own.
The opening of this path was one of a list of objectives of the GOBLIN and WF Transport Action Group campaigns of the early 90's, and was possibly an issue from even earlier than that. Specific promises were made at that time, for sure - over 20 years ago! Graham Larkbey is probably right in his suspicions. It's impossible that our Councillors can be unaware of a whole list of simple measures that would improve the Borough. It's fair to suspect that they are kept in reserve as a kind of Christmas List, to be sparingly doled out at times when we may show the necessary gratitude. But he won't hear from Mr Loakes. There are too many other questions ahead of this on the list he needs to answer, such as: What happened to the £11 million BNI funding that went walkies on his watch? Why was nobody jailed, sacked or even reprimanded? Why did his Council give away land worth £5 million to a special interest group chaired by a senior Labour colleague? What was his role in the £32 million of abortive spending on the cancelled Pinkhams Way waste plant on his watch as Chair of the NL Waste Authority? Who was managing the Worknet contracts, which have cost us millions for no visible return? What action did he take as director of the E11BID, when it was clear that the company was in trouble, having received £400,000k from the Council? How rigorous are the selection processes to become a Labour councillor in this borough, if you can pass through them, and then get jailed for stealing £100,000 from a charity? Other readers will have their own. mdj
  • Score: 1

8:28am Mon 27 Jan 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

MDJ, they're easy:-

1) Went walkabout, the same as it always does
2) He can't sack, jail or reprimand himself
3) Because they could
4) Chairman and looking the other way
5) No one
6) Nothing, as usual
7) The process for obtaining a library card would be more rigorous.
MDJ, they're easy:- 1) Went walkabout, the same as it always does 2) He can't sack, jail or reprimand himself 3) Because they could 4) Chairman and looking the other way 5) No one 6) Nothing, as usual 7) The process for obtaining a library card would be more rigorous. VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 2

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