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SLP letters

Earlier this month the Lambeth United Housing Co-operative organised a photo call in defence of their housing co-ops. This event was extensively covered by last week’s local press. We’ve now received several follow up letters in this week’s South London Press. Congratulations to the Lambeth United Housing Co-operative for getting such good publicity


Stop Asset Stripping
Photo call – Don’t Evict Martiza – Stop selling social housing in Lambeth!
Wednesday 5th March, 11am
22 Lillieshall Road, London SW4

With Maggi Hambling, Kate Hoey MP, Mark Thomas and Vivienne Westwood
All welcome – please come and show your support for social housing

(Note: There’s a “spin off” photo call at 10am on Wednesday. If people can make the 10am and 11am photo call at Lillieshall Road that would be great, but if you if you can’t make both, prioritise the 11am photo op)

On Wednesday 5th March Lambeth residents and campaigners, including designer and activist Vivienne Westwood, comedian and activist Mark Thomas, artist Maggi Hambling and Kate Hoey MP, will meet in Lillieshall Road, London SW4 to protest against Lambeth Council’s sale of long-standing housing co-operatives.

All those gathered for this photo op have pledged to defend residents of these housing co-ops against evictions, and have stated: “We will stand with housing co-op residents when they refuse to leave their home, if Lambeth go through with their threat to send bailiffs to evict them”

You can make this pledge too. If you’d like to do so please contact Lambeth Housing Activists

More details on Maritza’s case is here

Can everyone please join us to show their support for Maritza and for the Lambeth United Housing Coop. It is really important we show how determined we are to campaign. We’ve supported the Lambeth Housing Cooperative before and we stopped the eviction of Jimmy Rogers from his housing coop due to public pressure, we can do the same for Maritza too.

Two local celebrities have recently come out in support of the Lambeth United Housing Cooperative

Vivienne Westwood said

Last year I wrote to Cllr Lib Peck and chief executive Derrick Anderson to find out why Lambeth Council was destroying housing co-op communities of nearly 40 years standing.

The replies given did not satisfy my concerns.

Near neighbours of mine have lived in their communities since 1974 and I find it unacceptable that these people and their neighbours are facing eviction after decades of maintaining their homes as part of a co-operative community – repairing homes that Lambeth Council had abandoned.

Now whole communities will be dispersed and people will become part of the already overburdened council waiting list, with their social housing units lost. This is exactly the opposite of what was promised by Labour councillors!

We should allow their potential to be realised through their vision of a “Super Co-op”, this would carry on the maintenance work these residents have done for decades and leave a legacy of social housing – so sorely needed.

Lambeth is a so-called “co-operative council” after all. It’s time that council and other institutions really put their policy where their PR is and put trust in people for better use of finance and resources.

The evictions programme is laying waste to community values and the potential of the residents – already proved over a long period of time – is being unfairly discarded.

I would urge you all to immediately reconsider these evictions and allow community value and social outcomes to be in the forefront of your minds.

I look forward to hearing from you.

John Pilger said

I am a Lambeth resident of over 30 years – I am a journalist and I have directed a number of my documentary films in Lambeth.

I wish to give full support to this letter to you all from fellow resident Vivienne Westwood. What has made Lambeth a special place is as a crucible of all of London, and a vital component of that are the housing co-operative communities.

It seems almost incredible that Lambeth should take the axe to these. If this proceeds further, I shall seek the commissioning of a TV documentary for broadcast nationally, exposing such vandalism.