In the interests of improving public participation in the planning process by engaging constructively with the Royal Mail Group, Planning Officials, and elected Councillors, and raising awareness in the local community the Mount Pleasant Association has hosted a series of public meetings.
15 March, 2016, 7pm-9pm – Inaugural meeting of the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum.
17 September 2015, 6.30m-8pm – ‘Mount Pleasant: old problem or new solution?’: public debate organised by the Mount Pleasant Association and Create Streets and hosted by The Gallery (Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL). With guest speakers:
- Professor Peter Rees, former head of planning at the City of London
- Nick Perry of Reclaim London and the Hackney Society
- Cllr Sue Vincent, Camden Council
- Michael Ball, Waterloo Community Development Group, Thames Central Open Spaces and Reclaim London
8 June 2015 from 9.30am – 8pm: A full day’s public consultation and exhibition to present the community’s draft submission for the Community Right to Build scheme. It was our best attended event yet, with a full community hall in the evening for presentations by Karen Sullivan of Islington Planning Department, Create Streets, and the Mount Pleasant Association.
25 February 2015 at 6.30pm: a public meeting open to all to explain the progress the Mount Pleasant Association and our partners Create Streets have made on the Community Right to Build project funded by the GLA and progress with the Neighbourhood Plan.
21 and 22 November 2014: a two-day public workshop as part of the Community Right to Build project.
30 September 2014: public meeting to prepare for the Public Hearing at the GLA on 3 October.
7 May 2014: to introduce the ‘Alternative Plan’ to the community.
12 February 2014: to propose pursuing a Neighbourhood Plan.
29 September 2013: special meeting to give Ward Councillors, Planning Officers and Planning Committee Members the opportunity to meet local residents before the planning application was due to be heard in Council on 17 Oct 2013.
10 July 2013: Our second meeting (see minutes MPF minutes 100713)
14 January 2013: Our first meeting (see minutes: MPF minutes 140113)
The Royal Mail has refused to attend a single Mount Pleasant Forum meeting or even communicate with the local community, preferring instead to delegate this task to their PR consultants, Indigo Public Affairs (now Thorncliff), who were the subject of a sting in The Telegraph which found them to be paying local Councillors ‘for advice on how to get developments approved.’