I am joining West Hendon estate residents at their rally against mass eviction today.
This dreadful scheme – highlighted in the Guardian earlier this week – isn’t regeneration, but redevelopment of the worst kind. Of the 2000 homes that developer Barratts intends to build, only 250 will be so-called “affordable”, and another 250 part-rent part-buy – despite the fact there are currently 449 social rented homes on the estate. People are being forced out of their homes with no offer of a replacement property on the estate, and those who are lucky enough to get into one of the new “affordable” homes may find they are charged rents at up to 80% of market rate.
The impact is a lost community and people’s social networks left in tatters.
As chair of the Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission, I’ve been taking evidence with my fellow commissioners. West Hendon is a prime example of how things should not be done.
Tonight’s rally has been organised by Our West Hendon – the resident-led campaign against the mass eviction and relocation of residents living on the West Hendon ‘regeneration’ estate.