Focus E15 victory: “The beginning of the end for the housing crisis”

Focus E15By Focus E15 mums

The fight for council housing in Newham and London continues.

Despite Newham Council’s attempt to evict us, we can today confirm that the E15 Open House occupation will continue until 7th October as planned.

We called Newham Council on the first day of the occupation to negotiate with us. The plan was never to stay indefinitely. They refused to speak to us. Instead they chose to use draconian and expensive legal procedures, threats and dirty tricks. They cut off our water and vandalized the water mains, served an unlawful court summons with only two hours notice and they have repeatedly misled the public.

If Newham had come to talk to us we could have agreed to leave within two weeks. Instead, they refused to enter into a dialogue. We would like to know how much taxpayers money has been spent on taking us to court, and how many people that money could have housed.

Our demands to the Council continue to be:

· Repopulate the Carpenters Estate with secure long term council tenancies now

· An immediate end to the decanting and evictions of existing residents

· No demolition of the estate

· The management of Carpenters Estate by the residents, for the residents, no third party or private management

This experience has shown us that there is a broad based movement for council housing in London. There are empty homes in every borough, every town and every city in the country. Focus E15 show us that there are simple, community based solutions to the housing crisis.

We will continue to fight displacement and evictions and to campaign for secure, council housing through direct action, mobilisation and legal means. See you on the streets, in the courtrooms and in our future actions.

This is the beginning of the end of the housing crisis.

One thought on “Focus E15 victory: “The beginning of the end for the housing crisis”

  1. Why do I get a sense this is a bogus campaign group. Are people are getting played?

    Newham Council vacated all the residents Carpenters estate for the Olympics (except those who own their own council flats). Newham claimed the buildings had Asbestos and too expensive to repair. Suddenly, after kicking out all the council tenants. There is this magical Focus E15, who now want to move in the Carpenters Estate.

    What happened to the original residents?

    The top floors were rented to various TV crews.

    We know the original people got kicked out because the Olympics, they did not want the poor looking through their windows at the Olympic Stadium…..

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