A Barnet action group has released a highly critical response to the Mayor of London’s estate regeneration guidelines draft.
Barnet Housing Action stated in their response that all estate regeneration “MUST STOP”, and that measures need to be put in place so residents are fairly consulted before developments begin.
A consultation period into the Mayor of London’s draft guidelines finished this week. The guidelines were created to provide reassurance to those living on estates that they are consulted on any new estate regeneration scheme.
Janette Evans of the Barnet Housing Action group said: “Our main point is that priority must be given to protect council housing association homes, because they’re the only type of houses available to ordinary Londoners on ordinary wages.
“These are legitimate criticisms and I don’t see how Sadiq Khan can not make changes to his guidelines.”
The group also released an official statement, in which they stated the Mayor of London’s promise of a “democratic voice” was not included in the manifesto, saying that ballots are “too complex and binary”.
The statement read: “This consultation has give us an opportunity to… expose the truth that numerous estate regenerations have in reality resulted in families losing their homes, and over 300 in West Hendon alone.”
London Assembly member Sian Berry also put across criticism, saying that the Mayor’s manifesto promises to estate residents will be broken unless his plan is “rewritten from scratch".
Ms Berry wrote on her website: “It is worse than useless – it rips up the Mayor’s manifesto promise that ‘estate regeneration only takes place where there is resident support’ and does nothing to ensure residents on estates can block demolition of their homes.
Barnet Housing Action started in 2014, originally to campaign against the bedroom tax before getting involved in the campaign against the demolition of council housing on the West Hendon estate.
A spokesman for the Mayor of London has said that they are collating all information, with the consultation having closed on March 14, and will issue a statement in due course.