Help save affordable housing in Lambeth!

Posted: July 12, 2011 by The People's Estates in Lambeth living, Stalls/Petitioning/Leafletting

Last Saturday, two important meetings for affordable housing in Lambeth took place.

Residents on the Guinness Trust Estate in Loughborough Park held a Community Picnic to discuss the best response to the Trust’s plans to redevelop the estate – and evict short term tenants and massively raise everyone’s rents in the process.

Everyone agreed that tenants (long-term and short-term) should pledge now to refuse to leave their flats until everyone has received guarantees that they will be re-housed in the new development and that the new rents will be in line with existing rent rates.

We will be going around the estate at 12 noon next Sunday (the 17th) explaining why it’s important for everyone to stick together to take on the Guinness Trust and trying to get as many residents as possible to sign up to the pledge.

If you think you can help please meet at the community centre just inside the main gates to the estate at 12 noon on Sunday, June 17, or email Grace for more info.

Additionally, residents of the Ethelred estate in Vauxhall met up and set up a “No” campaign against Lambeth council transferring their estate to the WATMOS Housing association.

There are three estates in Lambeth that are up for sale to WATMOS (including Ethelred which has 900 units), and tenants of each will be invited to view the documents regarding the sell-off in August and to vote on the issue in September.

Monday night, Lambeth Council held a meeting with Ethelred residents and the TMOS to discuss further details of the transfer. For details of the meeting, please contact Lambeth Defend Council Housing.

Ethelred residents are angry and ready to defend their secure council tenancies and controlled rents. They decided to step up the campaign against transfer by :

–       organising a resident’s petition calling on the council to stop the transfer

–       going door – to – door to get more residents involved – starting this week – all council housing supporters welcome

This Wednesday July 13 at 6:30pm there will be canvassing on the estate to VOTE NO TO TRANSFER. Meet outside Carmelita Centre , junction Vauxhall Walk and Jonathon Street. Please come help if you can!  

For more information on the resident’s campaign against transfer, email Stephen of Lambeth Defend Council Housing at dchlambeth@gmail.com

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