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Cressingham Gardens residents say Ballot Us!

Brixton, London. Sat 2 Dec 2017



 Residents and supporters begin to gather for a protest march to Lambeth Town Hall

 with a petition calling for a ballot on the demolition of their estate - in line with the Labour policy announced at

 the recent annual conference. A few have come to show solidarity from Haringey, where the HDV is a £2billion giveaway of public property.

 Lambeth have closed some libraries - and has just announced a large gift to a company to set up a gym in one of them

 

 

 

 

 A TV cameraman has tried to get the protesters to line up for a photograph,

 but the are still far too spread out

 Residents love living on Cressingham - a small well-planned estate with a great community feeling

 They cannot afford 'affordable' homes - a 2 bed flat after regeneration will cost £610 (at current values)

 

 'Hoot for Homes'

 

 

 One banner points out the New Town Hall is currentloy costing £165m (and rising) but Lambeth say they cannot afford £10m to refurbish Cressingham

 The march begins

 

 wlaking down the path off the Cressingham Estate

 and its roadway

 

 and then onto the road to Brixton

 'Hands off our Homes'

 'Ballot Us'

 

 

 To Lambeth Council these people are just a nuisance, each household sitting on a site worth several hundred

 thousand pounds, and asset the council wants to realise. It doesn't care about communities, about people,

 just about the money.

 'No to Social Cleansing - Yes to Social Housing'

 The march arrives in Brixton

 and goes onto the pavement by Lambeth Town Hall

 

Where others, including some residents who couldn't manage the march, are waiting for the rally.


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