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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 September 2015
Save our Island Homes, Sept 2015 (Click to enlarge)
'Save our Island homes'
Housing Association One Housing Group (OHG) is feeling the pressure of the organised residents' Save Our Island Homes Campaign on four estates in the Isle of Dogs, east London.
OHG has been circulating a "myth-busting" letter trying to reassure the residents about Project Stone, (according to which about 2,000 homes across four estates will be "redeveloped" and 9,000 new homes will be built. But only 30% will be given back as 'affordable' housing, see the Socialist issues 866 and 867).
Save our island homes campaign (Click to enlarge)
As one resident said: "If Mick Sweeney's (chief executive of OHG) trying to make amends he's really going about it in the wrong way, he's showing his contempt for local people."
Labour's Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs, and the council, have come out against OHG proposals. They have suspended OHG as "preferred partner" of the council, which is a good first step.
To support the council's opposition we aim to show the strength of feeling of residents on this issue by holding a lobby of the next full council meeting on 16 September.
We will be calling on the Mayor and council to:
- Enable residents to have a vote on the OHG plan
- Refuse planning permission if tenants and leaseholders vote against the plan
- Bring the estates back under council control
Please come and demonstrate to our elected representatives what you think about the OHG plan.
Lobby of Tower Hamlets council: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 6-7:30pm
Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, E14 2BG
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In The Socialist 16 September 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Corbyn's leadership victory; A new era for the 99%
NSSN rally calls for mass action to 'Kill the Bill!'
'Socialism is popular' confirms Lord Ashcroft
Ministry of Justice : Stop this privatisation scandal!
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Refugee crisis: Imperialist countries bear major responsibility
Northern Ireland Executive crisis
Greek general election
Socialist Party workplace news
7½ out of 8 victory for Doncaster council workers
Parliament protest against the anti-union bill
Support Teesside construction workers: Pay the rate!
Sports Direct's 'workhouse conditions'
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party youth and students
Fight austerity in education!
Students join campaign for affordable housing!
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Refugee Lives Matter - large turnout for demo
'Save our Island homes'
'Collectathon': Sell the Socialist; and donate!
Socialist Party feature
Twelve hours in the life of a carer
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Queen celebrates longest reign - let's make it the last!
Theatre review: 'An angry call for revolt'
Comedy review: Leopardoptera
Thoughts from the web
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