Fiasco at Wandsworth Council Business Event
BPSCG chairperson banned by Council on Parkview's orders
Photograph: Joyce Amparbeng
BPSCG chairperson, Brian Barnes, was banned from a Wandsworth Council organised Business Event on the instructions of Parkview International. The event which took place at Battersea Power Station on 31st March, was intended to publicise the Council's Town Centres Initiative and to give business people in Battersea the opportunity to network.
Brian had arranged to attend the event some weeks beforehand, but was phoned by a Council officer two days before the event to be told he was banned from attending by Parkview . A subsequent e-mail from Mike Brook of the Economic Development Office, attempted to justify the Council's action by saying that the event was oversubscribed, but added: " I am also conscious that Parkview would not welcome you on their premises".
In his reply to Mike Brook, Brian said: "What have I done to be
banned ? I have been to events in the building on at least 3 other occasions
recently including the E Battersea Group and I was not in any way a ungracious
to my hosts. I have even been told by Victor Hwang that I am always welcome."
He added: "I have had my business in E Battersea for 25 years and
pay £1,000 per year business rates, I live in east Battersea and
pay domestic council tax of £640 per year".
BPSCG members June Hautot (pictured left with Brian) and Angela Parkinson were also banned from the event. The banning order may be related to the fact that BPSCG member Keith Garner attended an earlier business event at Battersea Power Station on 15th March, when he questioned the economic viability of Parkview's development proposals.
Supporters of BPSCG who attended this week's event have confirmed that there was no question and answer session on this occasion.
In a related development, BPSCG has written to Wandsworth Council and the District Valuer to inquire as to how much rates Parkview International has paid since taking control of the Battersea Power Station site in 1993.
Posted on 1st April 2004
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