Socialist Worker

Protest over south London demolition

Issue No. 2440

A protest was set to take place outside Southwark council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday of this week, against plans to demolish south London’s Aylesbury estate.

Council tenants, leaseholders and supporters want their homes refurbished, not demolished to make way for private developers.

Activists have been occupying a group of empty flats on the estate since last month’s housing demonstration.

On Thursday of last week police escorted council contractors into empty flats to “decommission” them. 

They welded shut doors and smashed fixtures such as sinks to render them uninhabitable. 

But the occupation continued as Socialist Worker went to press.

The Aylesbury is one of around 50 council estates in London marked for demolition and private-led “redevelopment”.

Around 40 residents and supporters protested in Earl’s Court, west London, last Saturday against plans to demolish the Gibbs Green and West Kensington estates.


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