Councillor for Canary Wharf Andrew Wood (Independent) is continuing to keep the pressure on the government to get to the truth of Westferry Printworks affair.
To date East End Enquirer has not been reporting this as it is more than comprehensively covered by all national media outlets, but thought it was about time we provided some basic details for residents.
The Westferry Printworks affair raises multiple issues, especially the decision by Housing secretary Robert Jenricks MP to approve the £1bn Westferry Printworks development on 14 January, only 24 hours before a levy was introduced that would have resulted in the developers having to pay an additional £40m in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
Cllr. Wood says that in addition to the details of this particular development the Westferry affair raises ‘fundamental issues about how Ministers make planning decisions in secret’.
Below are three PDF documents from Cllr. Wood, a letter to Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary repeating his request for an investigation, a letter to Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, detailing why his Committee should investigate and lastly a 12 page summary of the key issues, background and history.
Moley considers that it is the summary document that residents will find of most interest.Westferry Letter Sedwill 15th June
Westferry Printworks Letter Betts 15th June
Key Issues Westferry Printworks Cllr Wood v2
East End Enquirer comment
Look on the bright side, if the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government have to send in their people to sort the Westferry problem out maybe they can sort out the Poplar Papers issue too and save the bus fair?
Just a thought.