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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 November 2021
East London gentrification plans exposed
Save Our Square protesters in Walthamstow, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Linda Taaffe, Waltham Forest Socialist Party
All kinds of old buildings get knocked down, tower blocks are thrown up, property developers rub their hands, and the juggernaut of private profit locks out thousands of poor households from decent truly affordable homes, while burdening others in mountainous mortgage debts or sky-high rents.
Architecture specialist Philip Steadman attended a special meeting of our local Save Our Square campaign on 28 October. His research quantifies how tall buildings are bad for the environment.
Electricity use in high-rise office buildings is nearly two and a half times greater than low-rise. Fossil-fuel use is 40% higher. And carbon emissions are more than double.
Why would any council, supposedly committed to action on climate change, want to add to carbon emissions with the two new blocks in Waltham Forest?
Philip Steadman had also calculated that the floor space of 'our' two tower blocks is half what the developers claim. His findings throw down a humdinger of a challenge to the council. This is only possible because we've carried on campaigning for the last six years.
Instead, an alternative plan, based on council homes to house the homeless, and those facing homelessness, could involve the whole community.
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In The Socialist 3 November 2021:
Socialist change to end climate change
Fight for socialism to end climate destruction
COP26 begins - workers strike for pay
COP26 News in brief
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Fund the fight for a socialist world
Sheffield students tirelessly campaigning for socialist change
Hackney children's centres: Campaigners see through council deception
East London gentrification plans exposed
Fight for a real wage rise for all
Local government cuts set to continue - we need councillors prepared to fight
Race to top for bankers
Fight for a £15-an-hour minimum wage and an end to youth rates
Water companies put profits before protecting our environment
Tories threaten arts students: we are prepared to fight back!
Tory Universal Credit crumbs no solution to cost of living crisis
Tory plans won't fix social care
Pay freeze lifted for civil servants - prepare now for the struggle for a decent rise
NEU: Strategy needed to bring members together to take national action
Oaks Park school strike spurred on by head's lies
Scunthorpe scaffs strike into fifth week
Unite leaflets supermarkets to build support for Weetabix fire and rehire strike
Plant engineers pay dispute
Sexism, safety and the profit system
Sudan - mass protests and general strike against coup
Chile: International solidarity campaign to free political prisoners
Vaccine inequality - the ugly face of capitalism
Hunger strike in Calais for refugee rights
Protests against Sudan coup reach Britain
The Socialist 3 November 2021 |
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