Council tenants and supporters marched on Haringey Civic Centre in north London on Monday of this week in protest against redevelopment plans.
Haringey council wants to knock down up to 4,800 homes on council estates—including the famous Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham.
These would be replaced by higher density developments mostly run by the private sector and at much higher rents and prices.
The Lordship Recreation ground would also be built on.
There are also plans for a consultation on the future management of Haringey’s 19,000 council homes.
There’s the possiblity that the council may revisit the idea of time-limited tenancies for future council tenants.
Jenny Sutton is the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) parliamentary candidate for Tottenham in the general election.
She told Socialist Worker, “The council wants to ‘regenerate’ by kicking out the poor.
“Instead of opposing austerity they are trying to manage it, with a cynical plan to bring people with more disposable income into the borough to boost business rates.
“It comes down to social cleansing.
“What we need is council housing—and mobilisations of the unions and the community to make sure we get it.”