Rally to stop mass eviction of West Hendon residents

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.

About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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