Local Authority

Annual pollution limit for Brixton street ALREADY breached – just days into 2017

THE ANNUAL pollution limit for a London street has already been breached just five days into the New Year. Brixton Road in south London has already recorded more than 20 hourly readings where the concentration of toxic nitrogen dioxide exceed 200 micrograms per cubic metre.Under European law, people should not be exposed to high levels… [Continue Reading]

Cressingham Gardens Estate

Lambeth council’s approach to estate regeneration appears superior to many, but has run into formidable resistance from residents in one notable case. The Cressingham Gardens housing estate in Lambeth contains 306 homes and stands right next to Brockwell Park. It was built in the 1960s under the guidance of the late Ted Hollamby, a celebrated… [Continue Reading]

Brixton at standstill as crowds register frustration at gentrification

Brixton’s roads were blocked for most of Saturday as crowds rallied outside the Black Cultural Archives and protest marches against gentrification halted traffic as they circled the high street and market. Protesters vented frustration at a lack of affordable homes, closures of long-established local businesses, alleged police racism and a perceived influx of wealthier residents… [Continue Reading]

Housing march to protest against lack of affordable homes in London

Tenants, trade unionists and housing campaigners plan to march on City Hall in London, calling on Boris Johnson and councils to build thousands of council homes, control private rents and stop the threatened demolition of homes on more than 50 estates. The March for Homes on 31 January, bringing together campaigners from all over London,… [Continue Reading]

Tories Attack on Communities

GMB WELCOME BARNET LABOUR GROUP OPPOSITION TO TORY COMPULSORY “SOCIAL CLEANSING” ON WEST HENDON ESTATE TO MAKE WAY FOR BETTER OFF RESIDENTS Residents on council and other estates need to be warned they face a land grab as the property sector seeks land to develop and turn into expensive homes that neither tenants nor leaseholders… [Continue Reading]

Council Sells Council Homes to Build New (Social & Private) ‘Council’ Homes

We wrote in October about the council’s plan to earmark a number of its housing estates for demolition using an ‘Asset Performance Evaluation Tool’, which would take into account factors like residents’ income. The results of its survey were supposed to be presented at next week’s Cabinet meeting, but the December Cabinet report shows that this has now been postponed… [Continue Reading]

Meals on wheels under threat as councils cut back

Campaigners for pensioners say a postcode lottery means some towns still receive the lifeline, while others only a few miles away are left to fend for themselves. Critics say one million elderly people in Britain suffer from malnutrition, yet one council in three has now abandoned Meals On Wheels. Ten years ago 40 million meals… [Continue Reading]