Friday, 27 February 2015
Dear Mr. Esom,
Dear Mr. Esom,
Thank you for your e-mail.
We are not interested in a reply from Mr. Fenwick, because we have raised no question that has anything to do with him.
Our e-mail concerns you.
In particular, it concerns your decision, while both Chief Executive of the Council and director of NPS Ltd, to set up a system of reporting between the two organisations that was not committed to paper; that, as the evidence shows, caused considerable confusion about responsibilities; and that, as a consequence may well be held to be a one of the prime factors that precipitated LBWF being found guilty of four serious breaches of the health and safety legislation, with all the financial and human costs which are implied.
We believe that in making such a decision, which was clearly conscious and deliberate (you stated as such), your judgement significantly erred, and you should resign.
If you believe differently, please will you explain why and - given that we raised this matter with you a month ago - do so by return?
Trevor Calver and Nick Tiratsoo
On 27 Feb 2015, at 13:48, Martin Esom <Martin.Esom@walthamforest.
Dear Mr TiratsooThank you for your email.Apologies for the delay, our reply will come from Daniel Fenwick our Director of Governance who has corporate responsibility for health and safety.Yours sincerelyMartin EsomChief Executive
Dear Mr. Esom,
We wrote you the e-mail attached exactly one month ago.
So far, you have not even acknowledged it, let alone answered.
The issues that we raise are serious ones, and relate to your suitability to remain Chief Executive in the context of the Town Hall asbestos court decision.
By ignoring these issues, you give the impression that you are beyond questioning, hardly compatible with either the seven principles of public life that you are supposed to uphold, or
indeed the general tenets of our democratic system.
Of course, you are also bound by the Council's Residents First Charter ('We will provide a full response to all e-mails or web requests within 5 working days'), though as we know from
past experience, you appear to believe the conceit that this applies to your staff but not yourself.
We hope that you will now respond forthwith, but we also give you warning that should you continue with your current stance, we will vigorously take up the issues elsewhere, and in
doing so seek maximum publicity for your own documented disdain.
Trevor Calver and Nick Tiratsoo
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From: Nicholas Tiratsoo <email@example.com>Subject: LBWF's convictions re asbestos, NPS, and your position as Chief ExecutiveDate: 27 January 2015 14:37:50 GMTTo: Martin Esom <Martin.Esom@walthamforest.
gov.uk>Cc: Councillor Chris Robbins <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Matt Davis <email@example.com>, stella creasy <stella@workingforwalthamstow. org.uk>, firstname.lastname@example.org, "NASH, Josephine" <email@example.com>
181 Odessa RdLondon E79DX0208555662327 January 2015Dear Mr. Esom,In November 2012, we wrote to you about the potential conflict of interest inherent in concurrently you being chief executive of LBWF and board member of NPS London Ltd..You told us that you understood the risks, and had taken steps to mitigate them, explaining: ‘I fully recognise my role as board director, and also Chief Executive of the authority and ensure that the two roles are not blurred. My deputy, Shifa Mustafa, acts as the lead client and she has a free reign to fulfil that task in the best interests of the local authority. She reports to a variety of Cabinet Members directly on the performance of NPS’.Subsequently, in January 2013, we asked to see copies of the reports regarding LBWF-NPS London Ltd working arrangements that Ms. Mustafa had – as you indicated - produced for Cabinet members in 2011 and 2012, and were told that they were ‘verbal and therefore no formal paper reports exist’ (FIA, 2012/0874).In relation to this admission, we note that:(a) the Independent Panel report of 2009, which the Council accepted in its entirety, found that ‘Informal briefings appear to have replaced reports to Cabinet’, and warned that this practice was unacceptable and must cease forthwith;(b) each year for sometime, LBWF has done millions of pounds of business with NPS London Ltd.;(c) in 2012, you regarded NPS London Ltd as ‘our advisors on asbestos matters’;(d) during its voluminous correspondence with us in 2012, LBWF showed marked confusion about highly important issues, and, for example, was unable to date when it had received the key GBNS reports on asbestos in the Town Hall;(e) on 19th January 2015, LBWF was found guilty on four counts concerning asbestos in the Town Hall under health and safety legislation, with the judge referring sentencing to a higher court in recognition of the severity of the offenses; and(f) according to the Waltham Forest Guardian, NPS London Ltd. now claims it has had ‘“nothing to do”’ with the asbestos issue in the Town Hall, thus explicitly contradicting your own earlier claim.Against this background, the system of verbal reporting that you instituted seems to us to have been a significant misjudgment, which very likely will impose serious financial and human costs for years to come.Taking these various facts together, we believe that you have failed in your fundamental duty of care to staff, their families, and members of the public, and accordingly should resign as chief executive of LBWF forthwith.We look forward to your response.Yours sincerely,Trevor Calver and Nick TiratsooPS Please note that this is an open letter, and we are circulating it to interested parties
UPDATE ON THE GRANADA WALTHAMSTOW
There is no planning or LB application as yet although we believe that Antic maybe undertaking initial work with a view to submitting applications later in the year and I will be the case officer as before if we receive applications.
We don’t deal with licensing here so you would have to contact that section directly.
We have no information as to whether Antic have bought the building although we understand that they are in negotiations with Antic.
I believe that English Heritage are continuing to monitor the condition of the building and do liaise with Ron and Jacinta here from time to time.
Waltham Forest Council
Good news that flies in the face of pub closures!
The Heathcote is due to reopen on Saturday 28th to be run by a lady called Cerise. She will be providing free food and music on opening day.
Please spread the word; we must do some earnest drinking to keep it open this time.
Subject: English Heritage Angel Awards 2015 - Open for Applications
As someone with an interest in and/or experience of protecting our historic environment, we are hoping you may know of a heritage site that’s been rescued from ruin and would benefit from wider recognition. If you do, then Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Telegraph and English Heritage invite you to enter for the English Heritage Angel Awards 2015. The competition is open for entry from now until 26th April.
Entries for the English Heritage Angel Awards will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the heritage sector who will determine a shortlist of 16 sites to put before the judges. Chaired by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the judges will include historian Bettany Hughes and TV’s “Restoration Man” George Clarke.
We welcome applications from anyone involved in a heritage rescue, for example, private owners who have turned neglected buildings into treasured homes, commercial organisations and companies which have restored historic industrial buildings, volunteers who have saved a local landmark for the community, and groups including trainees or apprentices who have employed exceptional skills on a rescue. You can apply on your own behalf for a project you are involved with, or nominate a group or individual whose efforts you feel deserve acknowledgement.
By applying, you’ll be in with the chance of having a short film specially made about your heritage project. Previous winners have found that being an Angel has given a massive boost to their fundraising and publicity drives.
The English Heritage Angel Awards are for:
the best rescue or repair of a historic place of worship;
the best rescue of a historic industrial building or site;
best craftsmanship employed on a heritage rescue by an individual or group of trainees, apprentices, experienced craftspeople or a company; and
the best rescue of any other heritage site.
How to Apply
To be eligible for the Awards, the heritage site must be designated as nationally significant, and be, or have been, at risk from neglect or decay. Your rescue project must have been completed since 2008 or currently be well underway.
For full details on how to enter for an English Heritage Angel Award visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/
If you’re not sure if your heritage rescue is eligible or if you have any other questions, we’ll be pleased to help at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Angels team, English Heritage
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Friday, 20 February 2015
Karen Fermor <email@example.com>
I hope this finds you well and keeping warm and toasty!
I'm writing with exciting news about this year's Green Open Homes weekend and very much hope that you would like to take part again.
As you know last year's event was a huge success with many more visits that anticipated and overwhelmingly positive feedback. As a result of this and of all your and Sue's hard work we have been awarded a small grant from CSE to run the event again this year. Unfortunately Sue is unable to co-ordinate things this time as she is busy with other projects including becoming a carpenter - although I hope you will open your house again Sue! My colleague Ingrid Abreu-Scherer will be your main point of contact, with another colleague Grace Williams working on a Low Cost Green Homes strand as part of the Low Cost Living project. I will also be on hand and of course we have all of last year's experience and paperwork to draw upon!
We are looking at the weekend of 16 - 17th May so before half term and between Bank Holidays. I very much hope to work with you all again so please check your diaries and let me know asap whether you would be willing to open your home again. We hope to have up to 20 homes open this year so if you know somebody who might be interested and interesting to have involved then please forward this email and encourage them to get in touch. If you have any questions at this stage please don't hesitate to ask.
In the meantime, we have also received a small contribution from Smart Homes towards the event, I think most of you are familiar with the scheme but I will email you their info separately, please forward widely.
I Look forward to hearing from you,
Mini Holland Developments
You will find this on the dedicated Mini Holland web site:
You will find this on the dedicated Mini Holland web site:
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT
The Mini Holland Programme will improve our cycling infrastructure to increase the number of local people choosing to travel by bike and on foot.
The programme will make improvements to the borough through the following schemes:
- Walthamstow town centre and villages
The main town centre will consist of a joined up network of cycle and pedestrian friendly zones with greener streets and new public spaces.
- Lea Bridge Road superhighway
The road will have segregated cycle tracks, with improved pedestrian crossing facilities and high quality street improvements with a new cycle friendly junction at Whipps Cross.
- Other town centres and network of cycle routes
Schemes will be implemented in the town centres of Leyton, Leytonstone, Highams Park and Chingford, with each of these connected to the main Walthamstow scheme by two spine cycle routes: Chingford to Leyton and Blackhorse Road to Leyton.
- Complementary initiatives
There will be more cycle parking in residential areas, stations and shopping areas. Residents will be encouraged to try cycling and take part in activities to increase their confidence when cycling.
Before any work begins the Council will engage with residents and businesses in the scheme areas to gather thoughts on the proposed improvements.
We are engaging with residents around plans and designs for these schemes and more information on each scheme will be released over the coming months.
From Stella Creasy MP's Newsletter
Stoneydown Goes Solar: Thank You To those who Voted!
I would like to offer my congratulations to Stoneydown Park primary School for winning the Friends of The Earth nationwide competition to secure free solar panels worth £15,000. Their designs, which were produced in their science lessons by children in year 3 and 6, received over 7,500 votes. Thank you to all who voted for them, and especially to the Walthamstow parents involved in organising this incredible victory!
From Stella Creasy MP's Newsletter:
No Victoria Line Most of August 2015: Advance Notice
This week I received advance notice that from 8th to 30th August there will be no Victoria Line trains between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow central due to engineering work to increase train service. To reduce disruption, I have been informed that there will be rail replacement bus services between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central. I recognise that this news will be a source of much frustration to local residents. As soon as I have more information about these proposals I will share them with local residents via this e-newsletter.
The online planning system seems to have collapsed - it has been weezing and gasping for years but now it is unusable. I have not bothered with it for sometime so I have no idea how long this message has been displayed
Weekly planning application lists
We apologise for problems viewing documents on our planning system. Our engineers are aware and currently working to fix it. If you urgently need to view a planning document please email Stanley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the latest weekly planning application and decision lists. These lists are updated as planning cases are registered and do not show applications by ward.
Friday, 13 February 2015