LEAKED PAPERS reveal the lengths that Enfield Council was prepared to go to in order to rush through plans for the future of the Weir Hall Library site.
Senior figures had email conversations in which it was agreed to pay an outside firm £40,000 to produce a study into the Millfield Complex, work which would have cost £10,000 for council staff to do.
The discussions involved officers in the Corporate, Leisure and Education departments of the authority.
They wanted to make sure that a comphrensive plan for the future of the Edmonton site, in Silver Street, could be presented to a meeting of the cabinet on September 10.
This was because council staff could not complete the work in time, and council leader, Cllr Mike Rye, along with education supremo Peter Lewis, were keen for the matter to be approved so that work could begin as soon as possible.
Reacting to the leak, Cllr Rye said: “I do not comment on leaked e-mails since they are rarely in context and will not paint a true picture. I am happy to make clear my position on the Millfield site.
"I have given a public undertaking in full council and other fora that we will improve the facilities on the Millfield site.
"I am always keen to see good things happen quickly and I have made that clear to officers dealing with this matter.
“What will come forward will be a substantial improvement to the Millfield site, providing for those who currently use it and in order to attract new users.
"That level of work inevitably involves preparation, including feasibility studies, to make sure what can be done”
But the Tax Payers Alliance has blasted the move as “not value for money”.
Spokesman, Mark Wallace said: “It’s obviously concerning that the council seems to think it’s acceptable to go wildly over-budget, when we are told councils do not have much money and tax payers are struggling to pay council tax as it stands.”
Cllr George Savva has headed a campaign to save Weir Hall Library.
He even chained himself to the building in protest against future plans.
Sign petition for the two campaigns to bring back Weir Hall Library, and for the zero council tax. on www.edmontonlabour.co.uk
Marathom Man may or may not give up
Tony Lambrou at his shop among his trophies including the New York marathon.
This is the fifth consecutive time local barber Tony Lambrou will participate in the London marathon to take place on Sunday 26 April 2009 and according to him it will be his last. Although that is what he said exactly a year ago."I am trying to improve my running time" he said "But at the same time I am not getting any younger"Tony started running for charity and he ran to raise money for breast cancer following the sad and sadden death of his young sister in law.
"I am trying to help towards more research on this as my sister in law died leaving behind a very young family"
This time I am running for Breast cancer research as well as sickle cell Thalassaemia.
Thalassaemia is affecting those who live or originate from the mediterranean Countries. "More research is needed". He said.
Tony runs a barber shop for many years now in the heart of Edmonton at number 28, Westerham Avenue N9. If you ask me if I am going to continue running I will say no but my heart tells me to continue.
"It is very hard to give up especially when so much money is needed for research in saving more lives".
I do sincerely hope he said that my contribution towards helping medical research towardsa breakthrough to combat these illnesses is helping in some way.
PHOTOS: Tony is pictured in his shop with some of his trophies including the New York marathon.
If you need to speak to Tony his number is 07961826415