Local community campaigner Stella Creasy today urged
her political opponents to join her, local residents and the Mcguffin Film Society in asking
Waltham Forest’s Planning Committee to reject the UCKG’s planning application
to convert the EMD cinema. Speaking about the campaign she said:

“As a long standing supporter of the campaign to Save
Walthamstow’s Cinema I hope by being so public about my views I can encourage
my opponents to finally speak up on this key issue for Walthamstow’s Town
Centre. We all respect the role that councillors play in planning matters, and
the importance of encouraging local people to participate in this democratic process
by making their views known. Walthamstow needs a cinema and it needs the jobs a
night time economy would bring - I hope many local residents will like me write
in to express their views on this matter and that my opponents recognise now is
the time to speak up as this issue is determined”

Stella has written to all those who have declared
they propose to stand in Walthamstow at the next general election with a copy of her
letter of objection to the application to help explain the issue. The local
authority has now extended the deadline for submissions of objections to Friday 25 September 2009.  Neil
Gerrard MP, has also publicly stated his objections to the proposal.

Notes

  • Stella first joined the campaign to save the EMD when
    a councillor in 2003 and continues to work with Neil Gerrard MP and local
    campaigners on this issue.
  • Stella is the Labour Candidate for Walthamstow at the next election, when Neil Gerrard MP will retire.
  • Stella has written to Farid Ahmed, Liberal Democrat
    candidate, Cllr Andy Hemsted, Conservative Candidate for Walthamstow, Sarah
    Cope, Green Party Candidate for Walthamstow and Paul Warburton, Independent
    Candidate for Walthamstow to ask them to make public their views on this
    matter.
  • This
    campaign refers to the planning application 2009/1048 & 2009/1049/LB for
    the EMD Cinema at 186 Hoe Street, The Victoria Public House and 186A/186B Hoe
    Street, E17.
  • A copy of both Stella’s correspondence with candidates and letter of objection are available on request.


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