21 June 2007

Another council meeting, another protest

Wednesday 27 June will see the next big protest about Tory council cuts in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Protestors will gather outside Hammersmith town hall from 6pm before the council meeting at 7pm when councillors will debate motions about community centres being sold off, voluntary sector funding cuts, reductions in local policing, and school closures.

The opposition to the Tory council is growing as the cuts hit local communities across the borough.

8 comments:

MING said...

Again, with this matter, could you be as open as the Council is with its matters, and perhaps give people greater access to when and how you might be making a protest?

Could you not have an email list to subscribe to?

Is this a particularly bad idea?

Thanks as always ..

MING said...

ps : if you don't agree with my post, please feel free to say so.

Its quite ok - please be assured of that.

Thanks all round ..

hfconwatch said...

Hope to see you on Wednesday evening.

Details of the council meeting agenda are on the council website.

MING said...

Yes, would we know each other if we saw each other?

Bestest

MING said...

Hello. In response to your post, I was randomly browsing the cabinet meetings and agenda.

Refering to the following URL (copy and paste please)

http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Images/CabinetAgenda19022007_tcm21-76423.pdf



The documents for 19th Feb 2007 on Pg21 (paper version) and Pg26 on the electronic version detail the large number of efficiencies (ie cuts). It would not be safe to assume all these "efficiencies" are what they say they are - some of these are definitely cuts.


As for the money trail I was talking about, you would see the money trail showing the largest amount of money going to the Lyric Theatre (you will understand the significance of this).

Having looked at the figures, this is the one receiptant that in addition to receiving the largest sum of money, doesn't seem to have a cut budget.

If you don't understand the significance of the above, please have a look for member's declarations of interest, or post and let me know. Emailing me on r96harris@yahoo.com is a good idea too.

I understand you are on a protest tomorrow; best for you to understand this point before you go.

MING said...

Please also ensure you post and distribute publically available contact information, such as the ones given elsewhere in this blog (eg for Lillis) at the protest meeting.

Its only a suggestion. Therefore, do take it up.

Bestest.

MING said...

Dear HFconwatch blogmeister,

since you would be at the protest, could you please note, just in case your protest brief is rather small, that in as far as the libraries are concerned :

1. The proposed charge to the library People's network computers is 5 times the cost the council pays for it

2. and that this matter has been concealed.

3. and the timetable for this has been brought forward (noticed appeared today, taking most stuff by surprise again - usual theme)

4. Please enquire at either of the reference libraries (hammersmith or fulham)

5. You can safely reject any idea that consultation on the above was properly carried out. There will be evidence for this.


Please include the in your protest brief, and please desiminate.

Bestest

(r96harris@yahoo.com)

MING said...

You should also know, that charging over cost of the computers, and pegging these to supposed market rates, is not what a library should be doing.

This move also goes contrary to steps to develop a digital library.

This move goes against economic interests as well.

Around half the borough population do not have access to broadband access, around 90,000 people.

The number of "cafes" in the borough do not provide more than 250 places at the maximum, and there are 180,000 residents in the borough.

There are also very good grounds for suspicion that the user computers are being charged for, in order to pay for staff computers - not an efficiency at all.

This move is an anti-education move, and you should make this abundantly clear at the protest meeting; just in case the education point is raised. Actual moves on the ground are not for education.

Make the above points very clear at the protest meeting please.

And contact me for details if required on r96harris@yahoo.com