Estates under threat II

April 4th, 2015


We will not get the new social housing we need until there is a profound leftward shift in Government. Whether that comes from a Labour / SNP deal or elsewhere remains to be seen but without it I fear another five years of expulsions


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Five years ago I wrote this:-

“Among Tory boroughs across London, there seems now to be a disease spreading ever wider that the land on which council tenants live is available for development”

[Tory struck out 7/11/12 owing to realisation that they’re all at it. Hello Southwark (Lab)! – Ed.]

Follow the fight to save London’s social housing @michaellondonsf and planning stuff.

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Heard through @gamecounsel

“We plutocrats need to get this trickle down economics thing behind us, this idea that the better we do, the better everyone else will do. It’s not true. How could it be? I earn 1000 times the median wage. But I do not buy a 1000 times as much stuff do I? […] Can we please stop insisting that low wage workers earn a little bit more, unemployment will skyrocket and the economy will collapse. There is no evidence for it.”

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A new report by Professor Anne Power of the LSE reviewed here by Aditya Chakrabortty

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In part three of Regeneration Game, host Daisy-May Hudson sets out to discover what happens to council estates once they’re demolished. Out of 1,200 homes on South London’s Heygate Estate, only 75 council homes remain. We go to City Hall to meet the Head of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson, who says that the demolition of the Heygate was the worst social housing disaster of recent times. We also head to court, to hear the verdict of the E15 mothers’ eviction.

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For the first time, the international property trade show MIPIM comes to London. Host Daisy-May Hudson dresses up to meet those planning the city’s regeneration. At the trade show, Mayor Boris Johnson gives a speech lauding the increase in London property prices and welcoming foreign investment.

Afterwards, Daisy receives an email from another resident struggle in Barnet, North London – where people’s homes are being knocked down to be replaced by a Barretts development – and finds out first-hand what it feels like to be living every day with the prospect of your community being demolished.

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In part one of Regeneration Game, host Daisy-May Hudson visits the Carpenters Estate in Newham, the borough with the biggest homelessness crisis in London. With Westfield shopping centre, the Olympic site and excellent transport links surrounding the area, the land on which people’s homes stand has rocketed in value. The council has said the Carpenters Estate is no longer “viable” and has been slowly trying to relocate residents over the last eight years – but a group of local mums are leading the fight back.

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Michael, why aren’t you Mayor? You’d make a better one than Boris.

If I could take everybody in London under 30 back to the 1970s for a day and show them the council housing we had then, and point out that they themselves could have applied for a flat and got one in under a year in most cases, they’d be in heaven.  What have we lost under the Tories and New Labour???

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The show will pay homage to the best of 1960s/1970s council housing, now under threat from private developers and council-led regeneration schemes.

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New towers on the edge of the City of London are set to put one of the country’s oldest social housing projects in the shade . . . http://portfolio.cpl.co.uk/CIBSE/201504/general-news/

UPDATE: This open letter by Tom Chance is worth reading


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When I first saw the tweets by Cllr Bennett yesterday (you don’t have to be on Twitter to read public tweets) I was suitably horrified and had exactly the reaction of Lambeth United @LUHousingCorp hence  this post.

Lambeth Council are moving on to Central Hill to do to the residents exactly what they have done to the residents of Cressingham Gardens, falsely consult and then ignore the residents’ wishes.

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