Undermining local democracy
10 January, 2020
• THE old building at 100 Avenue Road may have been demolished, but many local residents remain unhappy about the new development on the site.
The question facing Camden Council, whether to approve the latest Construction Management Plan, has unsurprisingly attracted a high degree of public interest.
It is therefore wrong for the council’s director of planning, an unelected officer, to make the decision behind closed doors himself.
Instead this should go to the planning committee, made up of elected councillors. This is particularly so as the members’ briefing sub-committee voted that the decision should go to full committee.
Public scrutiny that a decision at committee level would bring is essential for residents to play their part in the process. To do otherwise risks undermining local democracy.
CLLR TOM SIMON & CLLR LUISA PORRITT
Liberal Democrat, Belsize ward