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Campaigners in Newham warm up to tackle the Boleyn rip-off

by Miriam Scharf
Issue No. 2465

Housing activist in Newham

Housing activist in Newham (Pic: Boleyn 100 Campaign)

Last Saturday housing campaigners took to the streets to demand social housing in Newham, east London.

Newham is a very deprived borough and has some 24,000 on its council waiting list.

Local people are angry at plans to develop the site of the current West Ham Boleyn stadium into luxury apartments.

This land could be easily used to ease the housing crisis in the borough.

But instead the council, headed by mayor Robin Wales, has accepted proposals by Galliard property developers for 838 luxury homes.

A campaign has been set up called the Boleyn Development 100  to demand 100 percent social housing.

When petitioning last Saturday residents shared their stories of overcrowding and exploitation.

After getting signatures campaigners linked up with the Focus E15 housing activists in Stratford, east London.

They successfully challenged the council’s decision to evict them and send them out of Newham.

Their campaign is now focused on getting 400 empty homes on the Carpenters Estate opened up for social housing. 

These campaigns show their is a mood to fight back.

A march against evictions has been called on Saturday 19 September, 12 noon, Stratford Park, West Ham Lane, E15

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