4 day public inquiry (starting Tuesday 28.4.15) into the Compulsory Purchase Order and the Aylesbury redevelopment, open to the public and held at the Millwall Football Club Conference Centre from Tues 28th to Fri 1st (10am-5pm), adjourned and resuming on Tues May 12th, now adjourned again, to resume sometime in the Autumn. For an idea of the issues dealt with at the Inquiry, this copy of the Objectors’ Opening Submission sets out their arguments very clearly.
The Aylesbury Occupiers were very busy: see their website for the archive of their many events, and watch out for more soon https://fightfortheaylesbury.wordpress.com/
TWO important meetings on Tuesday 17.3.15
“The Future of Council Housing” – a hot topic, eh. Piers Corbyn has a resolution to share:-
At the next Elephant Amenity Network Meeting
Tues 17 February 2014 6:30pm, Crossway Church New Kent Rd (On New Kent Road by the junction with Rodney Place)
the hot topic is how to object to Notting Hill’s Planning Application
Here’s a good read about our march on the 14th
Tuesday 17th February:
Film, Fun, Crêpes, and Comrades!
Come together – Yesterday the courts decided to make the occupiers homeless – so we’re uniting, defending against an imminent eviction.
Court Solidarity Demo
Monday 16th 9.30 am
The address is:
Lambeth County Court
London SE11 4DZ
4pm – 6pm Sunday 15.2.15
Pembroke House, 80 Tatum St, SE17 1QR
Community-led radical participatory discussion hosted by Brick Lane Debates & Fight 4 Aylesbury.
Thousands on the March for Homes. Occupation of Aylesbury Estate.
Come & discuss what’s next with:
OUR WEST HENDON
AYLESBURY ESTATE OCCUPATION
HOUSING ACTION SOUTHWARK & LAMBETH
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF SOUTHWARK
LEWISHAM HOMELESS PERSONS UNION
LAMBETH HOUSING ACTIVISTS
LISA MCKENZIE – author ‘Getting By – Estates, Class & Culture.’
SAMIR JERAJ – journalist and campaigner.
ALEX HILTON, Director, Generation Rent
Where are we going to live?
How can we build a mass radical movement for better housing?
** All welcome! Please note a crèche will be provided **
Tuesday 10th February 2015
3pm Saturday 7th February 2015
Occupation of empty flats in Chartridge
Come and find out more!
Alvey T&RA Hall, ground floor of Thompson House, Beckway Street (off East Street), SE17 1TS
Saturday January 31st 2015
A multitude assembled at City Hall
A BIG, BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO MADE IT TO THE MARCH!
An estimated 2000 made it.
Whether or not you braved the cold and the rain to march today –
this is so much easier – please do add your name and sign this!
Come and join our feeder march,
setting out from the Aylesbury at 11am!
Meeting in the car-park outside Chiltern,
Portland Street, London SE17 2DB
(near the corner of Portland Street with Albany Road)
We are just a small part of this big event – see here for more details: http://marchforhomes.org/
The South London assembly time is 12 midday
at St Mary’s Churchyard, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6SQ
click here for map
March to City Hall by Tower Bridge click here for map
Invite others! For the Facebook event click here
Saturday 22nd November 2014 3pm
Meeting organised by Aylesbury Leaseholders Action Group
Creation Trust Blue Hut
Unit 8 Thurlow Street,
London, SE17 2UZ.
Tuesday 18 November 2014
‘Stand up for council housing’
3pm. Lobby of Southwark Council Cabinet Meeting
to Discuss their Plans for the Delivery of 11,000 New Homes
160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH.
There will be 2 deputations to the cabinet meeting at 4pm, in the Ground Floor Meeting Rooms:
the leaseholders are sending a deputation to the Council (6 delegates) describing the
current impact of Southwark’s current plans (see supporting document)
And the SGTO are sending a delegation (6 delegates) to support their
‘Six Alternative Pledges’ – the main concern is that we want A NET
INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COUNCIL HOMES..
Here’s a report back on this packed meeting about the future of the Aylesbury, hosted by Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO)
3pm Saturday 25 October 2014
Can we stop the demolition of our council homes?
What should be the future of the Aylesbury?
80 Tatum Street London SE17 1QR
Speaker from Southwark Notes, project partner of Staying Put, the Anti-gentrification Handbook for Council Estates in London
Jerry Flynn – 35% Campaign/Elephant Amenity Network
Laura Fudge – Aylesbury Council Tenant
Campaigner invited from Mayatts Field North TRA against PFI “regeneration”
HERE’S A CHANCE TO LEARN SOME LESSONS FROM THE HEYGATE
(SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE TO READ ON THIS TOPIC):
Saturday 19th July 2014
Regeneration Rip Off @ The Elephant
Walk, Sound, Films
ANTI-GENTRIFICATION WALK: 1PM AT 56A INFOSHOP,
56 CRAMPTON ST, WALWORTH SE17. LEAVES 1.30PM
‘ELEPHANT ENDANGERED’: RECORDED CONVERSATIONS AND SOUNDS,
AN 8-SPEAKER SOUND INSTALLATION
OUTSIDE 56A INFOSHOP,
FROM 4 -6PM
PUBLIC HOUSING UNDER THREAT FILMS:
56A INFOSHOP, FROM 7PM
Saturday 12th July
The 8 speaker sound installation
will be part of the child-friendly Fun Day at Pembroke House
80 Tatum Street, SE17 1QR
playing at various points between 12 noon – 3pm
LEARNING LESSONS FROM THE HEYGATE: The 2008 Southwark Plan states that 50% of all new homes in Southwark should be ‘affordable’ – and this WAS the first promise to Heygate residents of what the Heygate regeneration would deliver
AND the 2011 Elephant and Castle Opportunity Area Core Strategy said at least 35% of new units must be affordable
Now, with the latest Elephant and Castle planning application, the officer’s report argues that on-site social housing will bring down the value of the private homes and Lend Lease are only guaranteeing a minimum amount of 25% ‘affordable’ housing
and only 10% for social renting
In Phase One only 8 out of 235 new homes will be for Social Renting, that’s just 3%
Residents were promised the opportunity to move into 16 early housing sites away from the Heygate. Only 1 was ready before the 2009 deadline issued to tenants to move. By 2012 only another 6 were completed.
A few leaseholders stayed living on the estate until 2013. They prepared a strong legal challenge to get a fair price for their homes and Southwark took their time to issue Compulsory Purchase Orders against them,
and in 2013 this process involved a judicial review of the WHOLE Heygate scheme
What are the lessons for the Aylesbury?
1. Genuinely affordable housing (in particular, family housing) is being demolished.
2. Do not rely on Council and Developer paper promises.
3. It’s worth standing up for your rights.
for more info. about the campaign for GENUINELY affordable housing in and around Elephant and Castle see http://35percent.org/blog
Thursday 12th June 2014
Room 2.26, School of Geography,
Queen Mary University (Mile End Campus).
The launch of ‘Staying put: an anti-gentrification handbook’
If you would like to attend, please let the organisers know.
Staying put: an anti-gentrification handbook is a result of collaborative work between Just Space, Southwark Notes Archive Group, professor Loretta Lees and The London Tenants Federation, and is designed to help local communities faced with gentrification of their council estates.
The handbook explains what gentrification is, how communities can resist it and alternatives to demolition and displacement. It contains ideas, stories and resources gathered from the experiences of tenants, leaseholder and the wider community organising around the council estates in London (including the Aylesbury).
Saturday 7th June
15:00 – 17.30
Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street SE17 1QR
On Saturday 7th June, People’s Republic of Southwark will host the screening and discussion about Concrete Heart Land, documentary film about the social cleansing of the Heygate.
Assembled from 12 years of archive materials the film charts the struggles of the local community. Some of the footage, such as excerpts from the Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry, have never been made public before.
As Aylesbury itself is part of the ‘regeneration programme’, the film and discussion will be a great opportunity to consider what has been done to Southwark residents on the former Heygate, share your own experiences and thoughts on whether the future of the Aylesbury can be different.
For more information about the film please go to http://concreteheartland.info/
Saturday 24th November 2012 – click here
On Saturday 17th November 2012
Aylesbury Tenants and Leaseholders First
are teaming up with the good folk of Southwarknotes
and the People’s Republic of Southwark
to present a fact finding day about the ‘regeneration’ and gentrification of North Southwark and Elephant and Castle.
A One-day Convergence
SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 11AM – 5PM
80 TATUM STREET
LONDON SE17 1QR
Lunch and tea will be provided,
and there will be time for walking around the Heygate Estate and the Better Elephant permanent exhibition.
More info. about the 17th November here http://southwarknotes.wordpress.com/
Put on your walking shoes and come and meet us – Sunday April 29th 2012.
Details of how, where and when to meet are here at this link at Southwark Notes . Come along for the whole walk, or just for a part of it.
Thank you to all who came, and to all who helped organise this. Despite the rain 35 people turned up! And at 4.30 didn’t want to stop but were up for more. Watch this space!