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Somers Town residents campaign for public land

Issue No. 2080

Around 70 people protested in Somers Town, London, last Saturday (Pic: Laura Mitchison)

Around 70 people protested in Somers Town, London, last Saturday (Pic: Laura Mitchison)


Local residents in the Somers Town area of Camden, London are campaigning against the selling off of public land.

Council tenants and other campaigners are angry at the hypocrisy of Labour’s policies on housing and public land.

In Somers Town the public land behind the back of the British Library is being sold off on the open market.

With over 15,000 on the council housing list in Camden, local campaigners have said “this land is our land”, and are demanding that council housing be built on the site.

Following a 100-strong public meeting with local MP Frank Dobson, a protest and deputation has forced Camden council to demand that housing minister Yvette Cooper meet the residents and intervene to ensure that housing is built on the site.

 


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Tue 4 Dec 2007, 18:35 GMT
Issue No. 2080
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