An extraordinary 800 people objected to the Diocese of Southwark over Southwark Council's plans to fell acres of SINC woods and mound over 48,000 graves.
As a direct result, the Church is to hold a hearing into the Council's application for permission in late spring (even though Southwark Council have already started work and are felling trees as we speak).
If you were one of the 800 who objected to the Church, you will have received a letter offering you to be a ‘party’ to the proceedings which is a bit scary.
We have taken legal advice from a barrister who suggests Save Southwark Woods be the ‘party’ and represent all the objectors.
All the 800 objections will still stand and be considered but the advice was that one party will be easier to organise.
We'll be as inclusive as possible of everyone’s objections and represent the issues as concisely as possible. We are hopeful of finding a pro bono barrister to minimise costs.
Objectors don’t need to do anything at this time – your objections all stand. You can still be a ‘party’ if you want of course but it may have cot implications.
Being a 'party' has cost implications. The costs are awarded at the end of the hearing by the Consistory Court Judge and Save Southwark Woods could be awarded Southwark Council's costs.
At our meeting with the Diocesan Registrar Paul Morris and Chancellor and Judge Philip Petchey, they suggested it would be highly unlikely costs would be awarded against SSW, that it is more used as a tool to prevent time wasting.
But we DO need to raise money for printing and other costs.
Please all come and have fun this Sunday 14th with us at the Ivy House with live comedy from New Yorker and Nunheader Lewis Schaffer's brilliant five star Edinburgh show:
Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful
7.30pm Sunday 14th February
The Ivy House
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