CORBYN SLAMS REGENERATION – COUNCILS WILL HAVE TO WIN BALLOT OF EXISTING TENANTS TO GET GO-AHEAD

CORBYN SLAMS REGENERATION – COUNCILS WILL HAVE TO WIN BALLOT OF EXISTING TENANTS TO GET GO-AHEAD

Lambeth council’s hugely controversial plans to demolish six estates across the borough could be scuppered – thanks to Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn told the Labour party conference in Brighton: “Tenants are not being listened to.”

He said that after the Grenfell tower tragedy “we must think again about what are called regeneration schemes.

“Regeneration is a much abused word.

“Too often what it really means is forced gentrification and social cleansing, as private developers move in and tenants and leaseholders are moved out.

“So when councils come forward with proposals for regeneration, we will put down two markers based on one simple principle:

“Regeneration under a Labour government will be for the benefit of the local people, not private developers, not property speculators.

“Firstly, people who live on an estate that’s redeveloped must get a home on the same site and the same terms as before.”

He said that would mean no social cleansing – a phrase used by critics of Lambeth council’s demolition policy.

There would be no jacking up rents, no exorbitant ground rents.

“Secondly councils will have to win a ballot of existing tenants and leaseholders before any redevelopment scheme can take place.

“Real regeneration, yes, but for the many not the few.”

The six estates which Lambeth want to demolish under their Homes for Lambeth scheme are: Central Hill, Crystal Palace; Cressingham Gardens at Tulse Hill, Fenwick Willington Rd,SW9 close to Clapham North underground; Knights Walk, Kennington; South Lambeth; and Westbury, Wandsworth Road SW8

Further reading: CORBYN INVITED TO VISIT ESTATES FACING DEMOLITION “Communities threatened by social cleansing” – this website December 29 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been asked to visit Central Hill estate in Upper Norwood and the Cressingham Gardens estate at Tulse Hill – two of the six estates which Lambeth want to demolish.

MATTHEW BENNETT IS HOMES FOR LAMBETH CHAIRMAN – NEW COUNCIL BODY WILL RUN AS HOUSING ASSOCIATION – this website May 11, 2016

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