Barnet has a new hero! Step forward Mr Michael Dawson, whose letter to the Cabinet forced them to ditch Cllr Melvin Cohen’s proposal to scrap the council’s right to determine its own green belt policies.
You can read Mr Dawson’s full letter here.
Poor Melvin sat isolated at the cabinet table trying to defend the indefensible report drawn up for him by officials. The rest of his colleagues knew that it would have been political suicide to vote down their own manifesto pledge.
Officers had argued that the council’s green belt policies could be scrapped because they were identical to national policies. Mr Dawson’s forensic analysis showed that this was simply not the case.
You can convert a house into flats and then back again, but once you concrete over the green belt, it is gone forever. Tonight, Barnet Council Watch raises a glass to Michael Dawson, saviour of the green belt!
Memo to Melvin Cohen: Next time, read the papers your officials send you before they are published on the council’s web site.