Letter From The Mayor Of London

There is no elected mayor in Reading, and no nightclub in Reading either to write to him about.

So I wrote to my beloved Boris about the yet-again pending possible closure of Ministry Of Sound (yes you probably thought it was saved last year but not so).  It isn’t exactly as if Ministry Of Sound is my favourite nightclub in the world but it is an important part of clubbing history and Boris seems to want to favour a housing development over a nightclub.

I felt I had to write to point out the folly of his possible decision – as I want Boris as mayor instead of that fuck-wit socialist, Ken Livingston.


Dear Boris

I like you very much and I am a strong Conservative supporter.

Overturning this turned down planning application and therefore threatening the closure of Ministry Of Sound is a guaranteed way to ensure that a huge chunk of the younger part of the electorate will campaign against you for the mayoral election.

Not only that, but the decision has been made democratically not to build this development.

Nightclubs are a very important part of the attractiveness of a city for both residents and tourists, especially for the younger generations.

Ministry Of Sound is an iconic nightclub.

I do not currently live in London but if I did then this is the one decision that would stop me from voting for you – even if it means risking a socialist being back in power, and I have just about as much contempt for them as Margaret Thatcher did.

Please make the right decision, I do not want to see Mr Livingston back in charge of London.

Kind regards
James Winfield


And the response, sadly not from him personally but I can live with that, he is a busy man, and I am sure me and Boris will have chance to talk at future Conservative Party Conferences in a decade or two once (if) I hang up my dancing shoes.


Thank you for your correspondence about the above planning application.

Following a notice from Southwark Council on 18 November 2011, that it is minded to refuse planning permission for the redevelopment proposals at Eileen House, 80-94 Newington Causeway, the Mayor notified the Council on 1 December 2011 that he would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining this planning application (under article 7 of the above Order and the powers conferred by Section 2A of the 1990 Act).

A representation hearing is due to be held in the public chamber at City Hall on 12 March 2012, starting at 18.00, for the Mayor to consider this application in more detail and to determine whether or not planning permission should be granted. The hearing is open to the public and you are free to attend. The chamber has a capacity of 250 people and is fully accessible. Details of access to City Hall can be found here: http://www.london.gov.uk/city-hall/visitor-information/location-map.

Your correspondence has been placed on file and your comments will be reported to the Mayor when he considers the planning application.

Yours sincerely

xxxxxx xxxxxx
Public Liaison Unit
Greater London Authority


Not exactly a hopeful response but silence isn’t a James thing.


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