Consultation on Changes to EastendHomes’ Mem & Arts

Articles-cover_w270x250In the absence of any information on this from EeH, its website having been down for the past month due to a “data” issue.

Here are some comments and queries. EeH’ current Articles end with a two page section on:

DEVOLUTION AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Article 59. In accordance with EeH’ (the Community Trust’s) purpose, EeH (the Community Trust) will at all times have in place and operate the following:
1) a strategy and programme to secure the widest possible community involvement in EeH (the Community Trust)
2) a strategy and programme for community development, training and communication for the purpose of the following articles;
3) a procedure for Local Estates (Local Community Areas) to communicate their wishes and aspirations

Article 60. (If local devolved management of an Estate (a Local Community Area) is desired, this shall be through the establishment of a Local Community Trust which shall have a constitution approved by EeH (the Community Trust) and which shall accede to the Intragroup Agreement on terms agreed by EeH (the Community Trust.)

It looks very much as though EeH’ Constitution accords residents the right to ‘self determination’ in a similar sense to that in International Law and the Convention on Human Rights

Cf Woodrow Wilson with his famous self-determination speech on 11 February 1918

“National aspirations must be respected; people may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent.  Self determination is not a mere phrase; it is an imperative principle of action……”

By failing to put in place any of the required programmes, strategies and procedures to fulfill its obligations, both to residents and Tower Hamlets Council, with respect to devolution and community empowerment, it looks very much as though EeH has acted in breach of its Mem & Arts and has violated residents’ rights under its constitution.

What is going on? Why has EeH Board acted in breach of EeH’ Mem & Arts? Why has the Council allowed this to happen? And what does the Council intend to do about it now?

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