Newham

Response to recent news coverage about the Carpenters Estate

23 September 2014 in Housing
Councillor Andrew Baikie, Mayoral adviser for Housing: “It is disappointing to see empty homes in the Carpenters Estate being occupied by agitators and hangers on. It is equally disappointing to see them attempt to misrepresent the truth for their own ends.
“The Carpenters Estate is not viable. The tower blocks are simply too expensive to renovate and will need to be demolished. The whole estate could be redeveloped to provide not only good quality, modern family homes but vitally important jobs and community space for local residents.

“Before the estate is regenerated, the Council wants to make use of as many of the vacant homes as possible to temporarily house homeless people. We successfully did that with 271 properties in Canning Town as the new heart of that community took shape and will be extending this to include an additional 22 homes. It is therefore outrageous that the so-called Carpenters Tenant Management Organisation not only refused to help make the vacant properties available, but threatened us with legal action for trying to do so.

“However, no one should be fooled by the claims of the so-called leaders of the Focus E15 campaign. The mother and baby unit of the Foyer is now closed. The families who were there have been helped by the Council to find a home in Newham or wider London if they wanted one. That help included the use of public money to fund rent deposits and other support. Now it looks as though we will have to spend more money to get protestors off the estate. It is clear that on the Carpenters Estate, the needs of the wider people of Newham are being ignored for the sake of petty, expensive stunts."

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