Saturday, August 26, 2006

Have false documents been submitted to the Casino Advisory Panel?

It really does seem the representations being made to the Casino Advisory Panel by Greenwich are getting stranger and stranger. An anonymous reader has just forwarded us a copy of a furious email purportedly written by the Site Chaplain at Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy, the Rev'd Malcolm Torry.

In the email (which appears to have been sent to multiple recipients on the Council, the Department of Culture Media and Sport, and Anschutz), it is alleged that a document submitted to the Casino Advisory Panel (here), titled Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy was not written by the Chaplaincy.

The email says that the document "doesn't reflect the views of the Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy". It goes on to request that the document be removed immediately from the DCMS website, and be replaced with the Chaplaincy's published view of July 2005.

So now we not only have questions hanging over the planning permission granted on the pennisula, but we have allegations that false documents have been submitted to the Casino Advisory Panel. If the allegation is true, then there are surely questions that need to be answered. Who authorised the creative writing for a start?

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Blogger Indigo said...

In that picture of three men in hard hats, the Dome behind them, Prezza and Roberts I think recognise - but is the man on the left Philip Anschutz?

12:34 pm  
Blogger said...

Possibly. We found it on the Daily Mail's website this morning in a story about plans the builders are working on which have the heading "Casino Floor Plan"

1:19 pm  
Blogger Indigo said...

And there's an O2 Casino Roof - and tiling, and electrics ... From the Daily Mail web site,

One builder [at the O2 Dome] laughed when our reporter mentioned TV reports saying the casino was only a shell.

He said: "How many building shells have you seen where all the electrics have been done and the tiling is even being done? It has cost millions so far. If this is a shell then I'm Tony Blair."

2:50 pm  
Blogger said...

Ahh yes sorry, our mistake it was the roof not the floor (althouigh the floor has been done as well according to that report).

3:00 pm  

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