A late night update – the community put on a good show at the Camden planning meeting this evening – covering community impact, heritage and procedure in a variety of styles and means. We succeeded in diverting discussion almost exclusively onto the Eastern Access issue. Councillors were clearly very concerned at the impact on the community and puzzled as to how we had been so badly handled. However, the meeting ran out of time at 1030 thanks to a poorly constructed agenda that had a multi hundred million pound development on at item 12. Camden are now fixing a special meeting to hear the application in more depth.
This is good news. It gives us more time to develop our arguments after an initial test. I was impressed by how much Councillors from all parties were prepared to listen. Network Rail must have been dismayed. You could feel the odds slipping for them in the room – NR now have to do some probability analysis and work out how much of the multi hundred million budget they are prepared to gamble for the sake of a footbridge, a subway, anything to get in from the North and East. We would all be happy to cut a sensible deal.
Thanks so much to everyone who has slogged away to get here – it’s been wonderful to see a community of residents, workers and businesses come together. We don’t have the resources of Network Rail but right is on our side. We fight another day. Will update further when we get a date for the next meeting – likely to be w/c 16th April……
UPDATE – SEE THE COMMITTEE ON TV !
I am pleasantly surprised to find that the meeting was web cast and (with a bit of clicking) you can watch it by clicking here and following these instructions. Click the bit in the middle of the screen called ‘Index Points’ and a list should come up – scroll down to Item 12 ‘Planning Matters Kings Cross Team’ and you can watch the whole Kings Cross debate. The planning officers’ presentation is not v exciting but it was when the Councillors started intervening almost exclusively on the Eastern Access (just click on their names – the video doesn’t work perfectly but you usually get the drift) that we thought we were onto something…….
If you want to see the three people who spoke for community interests click on ‘Deputation’.