I’ve been writing about them since this article in 2009. Municipal Dreams has been writing their history since 2013, “Architects for Social Housing (ASH) was set up in March 2015 in order to respond architecturally to London’s housing ‘crisis’.” and published this in May about estate demolition.

The question of the week if not the decade is will Corbyn save the estates? The unknown until recently has been whether or not he was even aware of the issue despite the photo opportunity I won’t reproduce here (look down the page) of him at Lambeth with Matthew Bennett.

Given the ASH post yesterday and the Tweet above there can no longer be any doubt that he knows people are campaigning about the loss of social housing across London even if he doesnt’ know the details.

This year may well see another General Election owing to the weak Tory government. This will be our opportunity to tackle both John Healey and Jeremy Corbyn on the survival of the London council estates at the inevitable hustings.

This is the closest we have been to a proper left wing Labour government in four decades and the opportunity cannot be wasted, but it will be worse than useless if they won’t tackle the most basic of human needs and begin by preserving the good quality council housing we still have across London in favour of the developers.

This is in your hands. If you live on a council estate or even if you don’t but you support the principle of council and social housing then get along to the next hustings and ask the important questions. Let’s get some answers as to what Labour propose to do to save council housing in London instead of giving it away to developers and building flats for private sale on formerly public land.



Ref:

Estates under threat

Estates under threat II

Cressingham Gardens

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