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Butterfields residents in Walthamstow prepare to resist new eviction notices

Issue No. 2506

Protesting in Waltham Forest in April

Protesting in Waltham Forest in April (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Four households living on the Butterfields Estate in Walthamstow, north London, have been issued with eviction notices.

A residents’ meeting last Wednesday decided to resist the evicitions.

Nicole Holgate, secretary of the Butterfields Won’t Budge campaign, is one of those issued with a notice.

She thinks that the leaders of the campaign have been targeted by Butterfields E17 Ltd, which owns the homes.

Nicole said, “They’ve targeted the chair of the tenants’ association.

“He’s been targeted before. They’ve been round his house before.”

Two other houses have also been targeted, seemingly at random, Nicole told Socialist Worker.

Less than a month ago tenants were celebrating victory.

Butterfields E17 had backed down after serving eviction notices to tenants.

Refused

People refused to leave and the campaign pressured the company to begin negotiations with social landlord Dolphin Living to buy the homes.

“We understood that negotiations were going on,” said Nicole.

“We were told that we would be informed if anything changed so we were just waiting.”

But the campaign is not backing down.

At the emergency meeting on Wednesday residents and their supporters planned the next steps in their campaign to fight the landlords.

Nicole said, “We need to start the pressure all over again and prove to the company that we’re not worth the trouble.

“We’re not going anywhere”.

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