Croydon Council Delegates at MIPIM UK May Face Protestors

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!

Why?

‘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,

http://radicalhousingnetwork.org

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.

http://www.croydonatmipim.com/MipimEvents.  

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

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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