Many thanks for your support in our attempts to persuade Hackney Council not to agree to either of the two proposed Neighbourhood Forums in the north of the borough.
We view both proposed Forums as unrepresentative and believe that to hand planning policy to either would be divisive.
Our on-line petition has now reached a total of well over 1,000 signatures, so thank you very much to everyone who has signed up. This is a great start, but we do need to do more.
It is of interest that its supporters have issued a press release claiming that the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum now has a petition of over 2,500 names in support. Given the background of their Secretary (Isaac Liebowitz, previously jailed for vote rigging and electoral fraud) we are, to say the least, ‘sceptical’ about these claims.
None the less, it makes a good target for us to aspire to. In the last few weeks 20,000 leaflets have been distributed in the area, and a number of prominent commentators, including Jonathan Freedland writing in the Jewish Chronicle have come out against the idea of a Neighbourhood Forum which he says would result in a divisive ‘blame game’.
However, despite the leafleting we have done, and the articles in the national press and radio, there are still many people in the area who are unaware of the threat that planning policy could be handed to an unelected ad unaccountable ‘forum’.
This is where we need your help. If you are on Facebook, or twitter (or other social media) please use this to publicise the petition.
Alternatively, you could just forward this email to your contacts, or even speak directly to your neighbours.
Our challenge now is to double the number of signatures over the coming four weeks. Will you ask five people to sign up?
We are aware that there have been some difficulties with the on-line petition, and a number of links have broken down in the past, unfortunately these are beyond our control.
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