Labour GLA member disappointed with 'muted' opposition to policing plan consultation at Hendon Town Hall

Mr Dismore and a handful of supporters waved placards outside the town hall before the meeting

Mr Dismore and a handful of supporters waved placards outside the town hall before the meeting

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Barnet’s GLA member said he was disappointed by the “muted” opposition to the Mayor of London’s policing plans at a public consultation last night.

The Labour politician has been highly vocal in his opposition to the plans to close Barnet and Whetstone stations and reduce the opening hours at Golders Green.

But an audience of fewer than 100 people at last night’s Police and Crime Plan consultation meeting at Hendon Town Hall appeared to consist largely of supporters of the plans.

The meeting was hosted by deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh, who laid out the policing strategy in the capital that he hopes will save the force £500million by 2015.

Mr Dismore said: “It was a bit muted. There was a lot of technical stuff discussed and I’m not sure everyone understood the implications of these plans.

“I don’t feel the meeting was well publicised enough either. I felt more people would turn out.”

Mr Dismore and a handful of supporters waved placards outside the town hall before the meeting, calling on the Conservatives to stop the closure of police and fire stations in the capital.

Inside, the former Hendon MP twice stood up to voice his criticisms of the draft plan, which is due to be finalised in April, but had to talk over calls to sit down by opposition councillors and their supporters.

Speaking after the meeting, Barnet Labour group leader Alison Moore said: “When I speak to people, they are pretty shocked about the proposals and I don’t feel the audience was representative of that.”

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9:46am Tue 15 Jan 13

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Nonsense: where is the evidence that most in the audience were supporters? All of the questions were challenging, and the numbers in the audience,for a snowy night, at a meeting that was not publicised was actually pretty good.
Nonsense: where is the evidence that most in the audience were supporters? All of the questions were challenging, and the numbers in the audience,for a snowy night, at a meeting that was not publicised was actually pretty good. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
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5:28pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Mike NW7 says...

Looks like Chewit is angling for a new career writing for the Daily Mail or at least writing a few "In Touch" leaflets!!
Looks like Chewit is angling for a new career writing for the Daily Mail or at least writing a few "In Touch" leaflets!! Mike NW7
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4:59pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault says...

Mwahahahahha!!! Oh, how I chuckled reading this and Mrs Angry's comment!

Just goes to show how a meeting and it's audience can be reported so differently. For instance, union/left wing activists come to a council meeting to heckle/scream/protes
t and certain people call them residents as if they're normal ordinary members of the public. Then they turn up to a BAPS meeting and the same thing said - oh, they're all normal, apolitical residents so concerned!! Then this meeting attracts supporters to the subject concerned and they're 'not representative' according to Alison Moore. Well, I don't think the residents who turn up to council and BAPS meetings with axes to grind are representative either!!

Love it!!!!
Mwahahahahha!!! Oh, how I chuckled reading this and Mrs Angry's comment! Just goes to show how a meeting and it's audience can be reported so differently. For instance, union/left wing activists come to a council meeting to heckle/scream/protes t and certain people call them residents as if they're normal ordinary members of the public. Then they turn up to a BAPS meeting and the same thing said - oh, they're all normal, apolitical residents so concerned!! Then this meeting attracts supporters to the subject concerned and they're 'not representative' according to Alison Moore. Well, I don't think the residents who turn up to council and BAPS meetings with axes to grind are representative either!! Love it!!!! Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault
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9:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

winners2015 says...

It was not run as a consultation meeting. The way the information was given made people feel that it is a done deal. People were not given enough time to speak. They are not allowed to express their views but interrupted by the Chair person(Leader of the Council). The excuse was time is running out. It should have been a longer meeting and people should have been allowed to speak freely if common sense prevailed.
It was not run as a consultation meeting. The way the information was given made people feel that it is a done deal. People were not given enough time to speak. They are not allowed to express their views but interrupted by the Chair person(Leader of the Council). The excuse was time is running out. It should have been a longer meeting and people should have been allowed to speak freely if common sense prevailed. winners2015
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11:47pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Mike NW7 says...

Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault wrote:
Mwahahahahha!!! Oh, how I chuckled reading this and Mrs Angry's comment!

Just goes to show how a meeting and it's audience can be reported so differently. For instance, union/left wing activists come to a council meeting to heckle/scream/protes

t and certain people call them residents as if they're normal ordinary members of the public. Then they turn up to a BAPS meeting and the same thing said - oh, they're all normal, apolitical residents so concerned!! Then this meeting attracts supporters to the subject concerned and they're 'not representative' according to Alison Moore. Well, I don't think the residents who turn up to council and BAPS meetings with axes to grind are representative either!!

Love it!!!!
Now we have it from the horse's mouth: You can't comment on policy unless you turn up to a council meeting but if you turn up at a council meeting you have an axe to grind???

It's called accountability to Council Tax payers and never forget you are elected to represent us, not to gloat at the voting public and take us for fools..

Cllr Unreasonalble, we the Barnet Council Tax Payers and voters pay your "expenses" and we will sack you and your Tory chums in June 2014.

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!
[quote][p][bold]Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault[/bold] wrote: Mwahahahahha!!! Oh, how I chuckled reading this and Mrs Angry's comment! Just goes to show how a meeting and it's audience can be reported so differently. For instance, union/left wing activists come to a council meeting to heckle/scream/protes t and certain people call them residents as if they're normal ordinary members of the public. Then they turn up to a BAPS meeting and the same thing said - oh, they're all normal, apolitical residents so concerned!! Then this meeting attracts supporters to the subject concerned and they're 'not representative' according to Alison Moore. Well, I don't think the residents who turn up to council and BAPS meetings with axes to grind are representative either!! Love it!!!![/p][/quote]Now we have it from the horse's mouth: You can't comment on policy unless you turn up to a council meeting but if you turn up at a council meeting you have an axe to grind??? It's called accountability to Council Tax payers and never forget you are elected to represent us, not to gloat at the voting public and take us for fools.. Cllr Unreasonalble, we the Barnet Council Tax Payers and voters pay your "expenses" and we will sack you and your Tory chums in June 2014. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye! Mike NW7
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