Brick by Brick Action Group demonstration Monday 26 March re-Council meeting
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The temperature over Brick by Brick has hotted up over the last week with another formal complaint lodged against Paul Scott, Chair of Croydon’s Planning Committee, objections to the latest batch of applications at the Committee, anda demonstration at the Town Hall,.
Inside Croydon has been carrying up date stories over the last few days. One scheme has been described as looking like a prison. (Croydon Advertiser. 24 March). Nix Glover, a member of the Brick by Brick Action Group, shows how the properties for sale are not ‘affordable’. (Inside Croydon 29 March)
The concern about Brick by Brick is not a straight Labour v Conservative party political issue. In its People’s Manifesto Croydon Assembly wants the company ‘made transparent and democratically accountable ito residents’; and ‘compulsory ballots’.
The ballot question is part of a wider campaign, including Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s promise that a Labour Government will legislate for them, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s election manifesto pledge that estate regeneration should only take place where there is resident support based on full and transparent consultation.
Following a wide consultation launched in the early Spring of last year, the Mayor has now put out a consultation document on how ballots will be conducted. How these ballots are conducted is crucial and will decide if residents’ voices will be truly heard.
The trade union Unite is supporting the proposals of Demolition Watch – a London wide estates group campaigning for ballots on estate regenerations – to the Mayor’s consultation paper on how the ballot process should be conducted. It believes if their points are incorporated into how ballots are run residents will get a real say in determining the future of their estates.
You can take part in the consultation by signing the Demolition Watch petition
This consultation is open to all Londoners and even if you are not a resident on a council estate Unite urges you to show solidarity to help support residents in finally having control over the future of their homes.
Additional information added 30 March.