Monday, 14 May 2012

More chances to see the short film "A Tale of Two Barnets"

If you or your neighbours have not seen this short film yet then please go along to one of the following screenings.

Monday 21 May 2pm
Royal British Legion Club
1 St. John's Buildings,
Friern Barnet Road
London N11 3DP
020-8211 9888
Monday 21 May 7 pm
Boyden's Kitchen cafe
61 Friern Barnet Road, London N11 3EH (corner of Beaconsfield Road N11)
Tuesday 22nd May - 11.30 a.m.
Colindale Community Club,
The Hyde United Reformed Church,
Varley Parade,
Edgware Road, NW9 6RR
Tuesday 22nd May - 6.45 p.m.
North Road Community Centre,
230 Burnt Oak Broadway, HA8 0AP
Thursday 24th May 7 pm
Waterfall Tennis Club N11 1DN
R/O (behind) 100 Pymmes Green Road
New Southgate Middlesex
020 8368 5025 (entrance by narrow path to car park corner of 100 Pymmes Green Road; bus 184, 298 on Waterfall Road corner of Hampden Way, then footpath next to 66A Pymmes Green Road, map to be provided).

Saturday 26th May 7 pm
Royal British Legion Club
1 St. John's Buildings,
Friern Barnet Road
London N11 3DP
020-8211 9888
Saturday 21 July 2012
1 – 2.30pm (Doors open Midday)

TUC Congress House, Great Russell StreetWC1B 3LS

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Barnet bloggers' open letter to council leader Richard Cornelius

Barnet bloggers: now sack Brian Coleman from the Cabinet

picture courtesy of Mrs Angry of Broken Barnet

Barnet bloggers' open letter to council leader Richard Cornelius:

For the sake of Barnet, Sack Brian Coleman!

Dear Councillor Cornelius,

The people of Barnet have spoken.

The London Assembly result on 3 May was a resounding rejection of the policies of your administration and of a prominent member of your leadership team.
As you were not leader at the time of the 2010 election, and most of your unpopular polices were not part of the manifesto, we ask you to consider the following proposals, with a view to changing the course of your administration.

1. Dismiss Brian Coleman from your Cabinet. Mr Coleman was decisively rejected by Barnet voters in the London Assembly election and to allow him to continue in post is an insult.

2. Reopen Friern Barnet Library immediately. This well-supported community asset cannot be replaced successfully at the Artsdepot.

3. With local traders, campaigns and stakeholders, create a parking regime that will enhance the environment and restore the fortunes of Barnet’s high streets. Parking charges should manage traffic, not rake in cash. No more hikes in parking charges; reduce charges as necessary, including in CPZs.

4. Cut the rate paid to all freelance consultants employed by Barnet by 25%. Large city firms including JP Morgan and Lloyds TSB have instituted such a policy in response to the harsh economic times. Any consultant not prepared to take a cut would be terminated as per contract terms.

5. Cut the pay of all Barnet Council staff earning more than £150,000 p.a. by 20% and staff on £100,000 - £150,000 p.a. by 10%. The savings in 4. and 5. would generate far more than the sum lost through the parking changes above.

6. Immediately halt the One Barnet outsourcing programme. Dismiss all consultants engaged on the programme.

7. Invite the council trade unions to identify savings and efficiencies within Barnet Council, at the same time protecting services, jobs, and pay and conditions. This exercise should also be opened up to Councillors and members of the public.

8. Invite members of the public to form an oversight panel, to scrutinise contracts and accounts with suppliers. Give the panel access to all council contract information, subject to signing of confidentiality agreements. The panel would report directly to the chair of the audit committee.

9. Cut all councillor allowances by 10%, to show that we really are “all in this together”, and review the excessive allowances paid to Cabinet members and Committee chairs. Learn the lessons of the upset caused to voters by the "Allowancegate" scandal.

10. Stop harassing members of the public involved in protests against discredited council policies. Work with residents, not against them, to improve Barnet. Embrace democracy!
In the year of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, we ask: do you want to be the political equivalent of the captain who hit the iceberg?

Barnet Council has had two years of unremitting bad press as a result of policies that were not declared to the public during the 2010 election. Now the people have spoken, and we the undersigned believe that you have no choice but to listen and to change course.


Derek Dishman
John Dix
Vicki Morris
Theresa Musgrove
Roger Tichborne