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NEWS FROM FALCONCREST
by BARRABAS - Late October 2014

"PCS finances are secure" as Chris Baugh said at Conference earlier this year. That was of course before the dodgy merger with UNITE was torpedoed by thoroughly unconvinced delegates who could see it was simply asset stripping and emasculation of our fine union. This was an unexpected outcome for the grandees, many of whom saw UNITE as a gravy train to clamber aboard, or an opportunity for a juicy pay-off. We've said all that before, it's no longer news. So, how to fix the finances?

Well, we could sell Falconcrest to be turned into luxury flats, but that would involve enormous amounts of pre-planning, getting reports done, having architects draw up plans, consulting not just PCS members, but GMB members who work there. Nah, too much effort.

Although, we could sneak off and get that all done in August while everyone is on their hols and not bother to tell anyone, and then sneak in a a full scale planning application to the Local Council, also without telling anyone, because we wouldn't want anyone to find out until the time to register comments has expired.

And so it came to pass. The expiry date for comments was 02/10/14. Falconcrest is destined to become 65 luxury flats, subject to planning approval. Tory run Wandsworth will just lurve having a new bunch of yuppies to vote for them. Any affordable housing? Hahahahaha! What do you think we are, socialists or something?

Oh, there's much more than this. You are welcome to browse the full details, reports and plans etc at your leisure.

https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=2014/5052

Selling the crown jewels will probably mean waving bye-bye to London as a base.


UPDATE 24/10/14

This document has been released to me by PCS for publication. I note that it has todays date on it. Of course, it couldn't possibly have been prompted by the posting above. Just a lucky coincidence, I guess....