Cheltenham Voters to Decide Fate of 'Home Rule Charter',
October 23rd, 2009
When Cheltenham, Pa. residents go to the polls November 3rd, they’ll see a question on the ballot that asks them whether they want to amend the Home Rule Charter with a citizen’s Bill of Rights that gives them more say over some development projects.
The township commissioners backed away from asking for an injunction to remove the question from the ballot, but according to community activists, they have come out against the proposal.
The question gives the residents more say when it comes to major development projects being proposed by public-benefit corporations such as SEPTA. We the People of Cheltenham founder Brooke Welsh says it’s all about residents having input on quality of life issues:
“Human beings are bombarded by corporations and we’re constantly being told what to eat, where to go, what to wear, how to do things, what to watch on television and it’s become so ingrained that we don’t even see it from the outside.”
She says the organization will spend the next several days continuing to educate residents about the issue. This was all sparked by SEPTA’s plan to build a 700 car parking garage at the Jenkintown-Wyncote train station.