Council cancels critical meetings

 29 July 1588: Battle of Gravelines, the turning point in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (see historical note below). Painting by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1796

CAMPAIGN DELAYS SELL-OFF AND PLANNING DECISIONS

Hammersmith & Fulham Council was desperate to agree to sign the Conditional Land Sale Agreement with the developer on 23 July. But, we exposed how its analysis of the responses to consultation was biased and we insisted that Councillors could not rely on it to make a decision. The Council cancelled the meeting, and has rearranged it for 3 September.

23 July 2012: Residents make banners and placards while being filmed by Channel 4 Television

The Council was desperate to grant planning permission for the demolition scheme on 31 July. But, we launched Judicial Review proceedings in the High Court of Justice, and our lawyer told the Council to hold off. The Council cancelled the meeting and we have no date for when it will be held.

26 June 2012: Lawyer Michael Webster (wearing the tie) stands with residents in Dieppe Close on the Gibbs Green estate. The Council wants to demolish the houses in the background to make way for luxury flats.

Historical note: On 29 July 1588, England confronted the invading Spanish Armada at the Battle of Gravelines. The English sent fire ships to scatter the huge Spanish fleet. Using superior manoeuvrability, the English fleet provoked the Spanish guns while staying out of range. It then closed in, firing repeated and damaging broadsides into the enemy ships.

Though the English ships eventually ran out of ammunition and were forced to withdraw, five Spanish galleons were sunk, throwing the invasion into disarray. The English fleet pursued the Armada, forcing it to sail north round the British Isles, where famously it met the deadly gales that wrecked the world’s most formidable navy on the far flung rocky shores of Scotland and Ireland.

A ship of the Spanish Armada, wrecked on the west coast of Ireland, illustration from ‘Spanish Pictures’ by the Rev. Samuel Manning, 1870 © Bridgeman Art Library / Private Collection / Ken Welsh

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