Brick by Brick – Estate Regeneration – Resident Ballots

BbB Demo

Brick by Brick Action Group demonstration Monday 26 March re-Council meeting

From Selhurst Community Corner Facebook

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

here .

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.

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 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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