Cressingham Gardens residents say Ballot Us!
Brixton, London. Sat 2 Dec 2017
Residents and supporters begin to gather for a protest march to Lambeth
with a petition calling for a ballot on the demolition of their estate
- in line with the Labour policy announced at
the recent annual conference. A few have come to show solidarity from
Haringey, where the HDV is a £2billion giveaway of public property.
Lambeth have closed some libraries - and has just announced a large
gift to a company to set up a gym in one of them
A TV cameraman has tried to get the protesters to line up for a photograph,
but the are still far too spread out
Residents love living on Cressingham - a small well-planned estate
with a great community feeling
They cannot afford 'affordable' homes - a 2 bed flat after regeneration
will cost £610 (at current values)
'Hoot for Homes'
One banner points out the New Town Hall is currentloy costing £165m
(and rising) but Lambeth say they cannot afford £10m to refurbish
The march begins
wlaking down the path off the Cressingham Estate
and its roadway
and then onto the road to Brixton
'Hands off our Homes'
To Lambeth Council these people are just a nuisance, each household
sitting on a site worth several hundred
thousand pounds, and asset the council wants to realise. It doesn't
care about communities, about people,
just about the money.
'No to Social Cleansing - Yes to Social Housing'
The march arrives in Brixton
and goes onto the pavement by Lambeth Town Hall
Where others, including some residents who couldn't manage the march, are
waiting for the rally.
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