A number of London boroughs have allowed social housing estates to become run down, and over the years, fall into decay, by not doing the necessary maintenance work. This is not solely the fault of the Council's, the government must share the responsibility, as Council budgets have been savagely cut.
So after a number of years, a light goes on in someone's head, and it is decided to demolish "that scruffy estate."
Negotiations start with a developer, and in due course, on the piece of land freed by demolition, a brand new estate is built. Now the social tenants, many in low paid jobs, are wanting to move back into the estate, while rebuilding has been going on some have been rehoused, and some are renting privately.
"Not a problem, there's eight or ten or twelve units for social housing, somewhere around the back, can't have you lot spoiling the look of our brand new shiny estate, can we ?"
"What do you mean, there's 150 of you ?"
"Well, tell you what, you'll just have to rent, like the rest of us. Or the housing officer will move you away, out of the borough."
"What ? You can't afford to rent because you are in the gig economy ? Slack you are, well get two part time jobs."
"What do mean, the children come home from school . . . "
On this page we are gathering together a number of links around a single issue, that of social housing and the regeneration of a housing site :
Lambeth and Myatts Field North :
Heygate and Aylesbury estates : Southwark
Haringey Development Vehicle :