Southwark Council announced today they have started work to fell two acres of trees and woodland undergrowth at Camberwell Old Cemetery.
And they say they don’t NEED Church permission – even though the Church say they DO!
The Council owns the land and is trying to make out felling trees and clearing woods is ‘preparatory work’.
This is not true! It forms the very basis of their application to the Church for permission (called faculty). And most of the area is consecrated ground.
The Diocese Registrar Richard Hastings stated categorically to SSW in writing this morning:
“The Council must obtain consent from the Consistory Court of the Diocese in the form of a faculty before any works within the consecrated areas may take place”.
“the Consistory Court has not granted permission for any works to take place, as due process with respect to those who have objected must first be undertaken.”
This is total disrespect for institutions and the people, over 700 of whom have objected to the Church.
PLEASE call the Church to ask what on earth is going on and tell them to stop the works!
Richard Hastings, Clerk to the Registry:
0207 593 0235
Philip Petchey, Chancellor to the Diocese:
020 7353 8415
Paul Morris, Diocesan Registrar
0207 593 5110
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
PLEASE ALSO CALL AND EMAIL:
Harriet Harman MP for the Cemeteries
0207 219 4218
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council
020 7525 0694
Cllr Darren Merrill, in charge of the cemetery plans
MPs bordering the Cemeteries
Helen Hayes Jim Dowd, Vicky Foxcroft:
Vikki Mills, Gavin Edwards, Renata Hamvas: email@example.com
Call on the Church to do the right thing – they can stop the work now!
Save Southwark Woods
07731 304 966
Cllr Darren Merrill’s email to the Cemeteries Stakeholder Group this morning:
Works commencing in Camberwell Old Cemetery
Further to Rebecca Towers letter of 13 November 2015, I am writing to advise that we have, today, commenced the preparatory works in Camberwell Old Cemetery.
The works will include construction of holding around the site, a new fence and a temporary site access point, clearance of scrub, felling of some trees and ground investigations into the contaminated stockpile.
We will also be installing two information boards adjacent to the site where details about the project can be found.
It is important to note that these works are being delivered in accordance with the planning permissions that were granted in October 2015 and that these preparatory works have been discussed with the Diocese of Southwark.
We will attempt to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum but apologise in advance for any inconvenience.
Should you require further information about our projects please visit www.southwark.gov.uk/cemeteriesplans or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Darren Merrill
Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm
Labour Member for East Walworth