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Issue No. 1880

ABOUT 1,600 council tenants in TOLLINGTON, north Islington, have voted against the privatisation of their homes.

On a 70 percent poll, 60 percent of votes cast against transfer.

The Tollington estates were lined up for a transfer to National British Homes (NBH) in a scheme involving large-scale demolition and the loss of open spaces.

As the finances of the scheme evolved, the number of new private homes to be built on open spaces crept continually upwards.

Tenant campaigner Marta Paluch says, 'NBH were very overconfident-they thought people were more gullible than they really are.'

The transfer was cynically promoted with glossy brochures, family fun days and trips to the seaside.

The no vote is a magnificent achievement by ordinary people standing up to the fat cats and winning.
PAUL BURNHAM


TENANTS in SOUTHWARK, south London, have voted by 200 votes to 82 against the council's plans to knock down five blocks on East Dulwich Estate.

The council says it has to raise £5 million in this way towards the £20 million it says it will cost to do up the estate. It refused to organise a ballot.

Tenants raised the funds and organised their own ballot. The 38 percent turnout on the estate contrasted with 24 percent in the local elections.

We have shown clearly that we want our homes refurbished, but not at the expense of other tenants' homes.
MARY PHILLIPS


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Sat 6 Dec 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1880
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