If Croydon Officers and Councillors attend the property world jamboree MIPIM UK at Olympia on 15-17 October they will be met by a group of protestors organised by the Radical Housing Network, an umbrella for groups fighting for housing justice, and others.
MIPIM describes itself as the world’s largest property fair, attracting around 20,000 investors, developers, local authorities, and banks each year. It usually takes place annually in Cannes, France.
MIPIM UK is billed as ‘the 1st UK property trade show gathering all professionals looking to close deals in the UK property market’ – a gathering of professionals and elites looking to profiteer from UK land and property.’
The Network, the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City, Defend Council Housing, trade unions and a range of other groups are saying NO to MIPIM: YES to housing justice!
‘MIPIM promotes an unsustainable business-as-usual approach to housing and land use that is privatised and profit-driven for the benefit the richest 1% whilst destroying our communities and keeping millions in poverty.
We are facing a major housing crisis with prices spiralling out of control, cuts to essential housing support services, the bedroom tax hitting the most vulnerable, and public land being sold off to speculators. Meanwhile record numbers of homeless are forced to live on the streets.
Local authorities that attend are on the lookout for potential business partners and corporate interests who’ll collaborate on yet more ‘regeneration’ plans. We don’t want more boutique hotels, offices, luxury housing and shopping centres, we don’t want our neighbourhoods to be gentrified and entire communities evicted. We want quality affordable housing for all.
There are alternatives. We say ‘enough is enough’. We demand:
- No more sell-offs of public land
- A national programme of council house building
- Rent control and more rights for private renters
- The decriminalisation of squatting’
Next organising meeting: Tuesday 9 September, 7pm – 33-37 Moreland St, EC1v 8BB
Public meeting: Tuesday 16 September, 7pm – 128 Theobald’s Road, WC1X 8TN
MIPIM UK: 15 – 17 October, Olympia W14 8UX
Days of protest: Wednesday 15 October from 9.30am
Friday 17 October from 5pm
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX,
Develop Croydon at MIPIM Cannes
Develop Croydon, the umbrella group involving the Council. estate agents and property developers, used the annual MIPIM in Cannes in March to showcase an interactive version of the town’s regeneration ‘to enable delegates to tap into the latest information about the £3bn transformation of London’s second largest town centre.’ It claimed that ‘With construction of the largest urban shopping mall in Europe by Westfield and Hammerson allied to significant new home, office and public realm investment, Croydon is now London’s biggest growth area.’ Jo Negrini, Croydon’s Executive Director for Development & Environment spoke at two events organised by Develop Croydon at it.
A video interview w ith Mike Kiely, the Borough’s Director of Planning, who also attended, can be seen at http://www.developcroydon.com/news/Archive/57/18-03-2014/Video-of-Croydon-at-MIPIM#sthash.jdUvjAxc.dpbs