LIB DEMS GET BACK COUNCIL SEAT FROM LABOUR

 Following the local elections in May, a member of the public who works for the Office of National Statistics, noticed an error while checking the results of the poll online back in May.

He realised that the total number of votes was higher than was actually possible, considering the number of eligible voters in the ward.

Four months later after the Liberal Democrats had petitioned the court for a recount of the High Street Ward, the courts on the 8th September declared the correct election result. Liberal Democrat candidate Mahmood Hussain is now the new Liberal Democrat councillor for High Street ward.

The court confirmed that the Council had made a serious mistake at the election count on 7th May by adding 1,000 votes to the Labour candidates’ total.

Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Bob Sullivan congratulates new Cllr Mahmood Hussain with Nigel LouthLiberal Democrat Group Leader, Bob Sullivan, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Mahmood Hussain to the Liberal Democrat Group on the council. At last the people of High Street ward have the councillors that they voted for. The council’s mistake at the count should never have happened. It cost local taxpayers thousands of pounds in legal fees and deprived local residents of the representatives they voted for.”

New Councillor Mahmood Hussain said:

“It is an honour to be elected to serve the residents of High Street ward. I will do all I can to stand up for the interests of local people and make sure that their needs are not ignored by the Labour council.

There are lots of issues to take up, including the future of the EMD cinema, looking after Walthamstow market and local services and pressing Labour to come clean on its plans for the Arcade site. I will work with residents to improve safety and security in the area and to protect and improve the local environment.”

Mahmood Hussain has lived in Walthamstow for the past 27 years and has always taken a keen interest in the local community. He works locally and is a trustee of a Walthamstow based charity.

It makes you wonder, but for an eagle eyed resident this error would have gone unnoticed.  What other errors could there have been?

Drapers Field – THE PLOT THICKENS

The all-weather pitch

Last year the Council was awarded £100,000 from the Virgin London Marathon Charitable Trust for the creation of an urban beach sports venue in Drapers Field.  In January this year the Council issued its Waltham Forest Core Strategy document http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/ldf-preferred-options-summary-document.pdf see page 8.

This document outlined the Council’s vision for the future – see this extract: 

Preferred Options Core Strategy January 2010

Cllr Bob Sullivan fighting to save Drapers Field3.11 Our residents have convenient access to some of the best sporting and leisure facilities in the world, thanks to the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. People are fit, healthy and enjoy life. As a result of the success of the 2012 Olympics, Waltham Forest now forms part of a centre for national sporting excellence. The Drapers Field Urban Beach now acts as the UK’s main centre for beach volleyball–having hosted the hugely successful 2025 Beach Volleyball World Cup.

What has happened to the £100,000 and what has happened to the planned visionary beach volley ball area on Drapers Field?  A niche sport that could put Leyton on the map. The Council having agreed last year to defend its sports pitches and leisure areas is in fact going to give it over to the Olympic Authority to tarmac over and use it to store provisions or, if the rumour is correct, turn it into a car park. 

So much for the ethos of the Olympics in encouraging youngsters to participate in sports. If you would like to help in our campaign to keep Drapers Field, then please sign our on-line petition at:   http://ourcampaign.org.uk/DrapersField

Drapers Field – MEETING MONDAY SEPTEMBER 13th 6pm till 8pm

The Olympic Authority and the Council are going to hold a drop in meeting at Drapers Field on Monday 13th September 6.00pm to 8.00pm.  It will be held in the Sport England pavillion next to the astro turf pitch. 

Apparently the Olympic Authority/Council will explain what they intend to do with Drapers Field when they close it down from September 2011 to December 2012.

Secret meeting –  This initial meeting has only been notified to the residents around Drapers Field.  They obviously believe that only local residents are concerned about the loss of the only sports and leisure facility in the area.  We have only found out by local residents telephoning us.

MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN – If you are concerned about what is being planned for Drapers Field then please go to the meeting and make your views known.

PAKISTAN FLOODING CONTINUES – help wanted

17 million people already affected… 

  

Flood waters are still rising in Pakistan; the area covered to date is larger than the UK. These are the worst floods in many decades, they began a month ago with the rain hammering the country’s northwest region, over 1,600 people have died and the floods are affecting over 17 million people with 1.2 million houses being destroyed, leaving an estimated 8 million people homeless. The waters are now spreading through the rice-growing belt in Sindh province, 4.25 million acres of land and crops have been destroyed or extensively damaged. The scale of the disaster is overtaking the relief efforts and more aid is needed urgently to help the millions of people affected.Please donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Pakistan Floods Appeal by clicking here or by phone on 0370 60 60 900.

Sport England concerned about Drapers Field sell off

Drapers Field with the all-weather pitch in the distance

When notified that the Council is negotiating to lease Drapers Field to the Olympic Authority for a year and a half, Sport England, the body concerned with encouraging sporting activities across England, were concerned that Leyton would lose its valuable sports area before and during the Olympics.

Only ten years ago the National Lottery Sports Fund awarded nearly a million pounds to build the all weather sports pitch and changing rooms.  This along with another £500,000 from the Council made Drapers Field a valuable sports and leisure facility for local people.  Another £132,000 was spent on the Drama and Music Centre.

To tarmac or concrete over this for use by the Olympic Authority for an Olympic Village holding area for provisions, or a rumoured car park, will be a disaster for local people, schools and sports clubs.  Over 9,000 people a month use Drapers Field, making it one of the best used sports facilities in the borough. 

Cllr. Bob Sullivan is due to meet representitives of Sport England to discuss the loss of Drapers Field and who may be able to stop the Labour councillors hare-brained scheme.

An update from the meeting will follow soon.

If you would like to help in our campaign to keep Drapers Field, then please sign our on-line petition at:   http://ourcampaign.org.uk/DrapersField

Voting mistake delays election result

The local election in may for councillors in High Street ward has had to be recounted as a council officer seems to have given all the labour candidates an extra 1,000 votes. A bit unfair to the Liberal Democrat councillors who came second and lost their seats.
The error was discovered completly by accident, by a person who was checking the results and reported to the Council that the votes did not add up.
The Liberal Democrats had to petition the court for the votes to be recounted.
The votes were recounted in a court overseen by a judge. Unfortunately the result of the recount must also be declared in a court.

The result will be declared on the 8th of September at the Royal Courts of Justice, where we hope that another Liberal Democrat councillor will be elected to Waltham forest council in place of a Labour candidate.

Some residents have said that only by pure accident these votes were identified, what other votes could have been miscounted?  We may never know!

L & Q News

Beaumont Estate may be given the bird! 

Many residents of the Beaumont Estate are complaining about the roosting pigeons that mess up their balconies and windows.

Councillor Bob Sullivan has been told that L & Q is looking into getting a hawk to patrol the estate.

Lea Hall Gardens

The proposed redevelopment of Lea Hall Gardens by L & Q is awaiting the Government spending review in the autumn.