Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Lewisham Council Homes..Stop the bargain basement sell offs

One very busy week, with front page coverage of all the 3 local papers, more National news and TV coverage, and yet Lewisham Labour Council is refusing to admit that it is wrong at a time of cronic housing shortage to be selling off, much needed family homes.Could it be that it is Labour party policy to sell off Family homes and only allow new build flats to be built with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments?. could it be that our Labour council has a secret policy of getting rid of families in Social Housing across Lewisham, so it does not need to provide, New schools, Health Centers, Primary Care, Youth centres and More? How can you explain why in Answer to a Council Question, by Councillor Chris Maines, the Council admitted it had a staggering 2000 empty homes, left to rot across the Borough.Think of how many jobs could be created for local people refurbishing these homes...Why have the Labour Council at a time of cuts to front line services, paid £40.000 per year to keep just 1 family in a B&B, when it could have refurbished all these homes, got people of benifit and into real long term work, and had 2000 families paying rent and Council tax? Empty Homes do not just blight roads and streets, but we all pay a very high price for this Labour Council scandle, and Steve Bullock the Mayor, must be voted out at the next round of Elections.2000 homes would see Lewisham have more homes than the numbers in B&B and Hotels and Hostals Combined, we would have more money than we need to cover the cost of cuts to front line services prices would fall in private rental sector as the area would not have a property shortage..Our 5 Homes that we are refurbishing are ready to move families in need into.. is it so wrong, that we have had local residents and traders refurbish these 5 homes at cost, for free, so the Council can offer these homes to Lewisham residents in need? we are not seeking to profit or gain from this campaign, we are only seeking to high light a national Scandle that Lewisham Council is part off. in 1969 Lewisham Council was the first Council in the UK, tto support Housing Co-ops and squatters helping form wonderful Housing Co-ops, many of which remain to this day.. Lewisham Council could go back to this model, and be the UK leading Council on dealing with job creation and social Housing.Lewisham has the highest number of young people without work in the UK, and yet our proposals for Housing working with Lewisham College and our Come The Revolution Green skilled jobs scheme could turn this around.Please keep supporting the team..go to our website, become a member, launch other groups across the UK, in Irland People before Profit have 2 fantastic MPs, and sign on line our Petition,spread the word, Blog, Facebook, Tweet, and If you live in New Cross or Deptford, eat and Drink at our Community Cafe; Come the Revolution 467 New Cross Road Deptford Se14 6TA.open 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and 11am-4pm weekends.We offer tea and Crumpet just £1 and hot meal every day just £2. we also Offer meeting Space, Free Wifi and Internet Cafe.Advice, and Much more.. with summer Coming, we do best Ice Cream in South London. Our Petitions.. get every one you can to sign; www.change.org/petitions/defend-lewishams-council-housing Make a donation to Lewisham People Before Profit/ or Join us, membership is just £5 per year. Lewisham People Before Profit 97 Armoury road Deptford SE8 4LB www.peoplebeforeprofit.org.uk We will be at the Full Council Meeting Wednesday 29th February at 7pm to protest. Public Meetings; Lewisham People before profit hold open meetings the First Monday in Every month, at 7pm. Come the Revolution 467 New Cross Roadv Deptford Se14 6TA..you can buy Food and Tea/Coffee etc.
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