Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/977/26675

From The Socialist newspaper, 10 January 2018

Hoxton: "Stop this unwanted development"

Britannia Leisure Centre, Hackney

Britannia Leisure Centre, Hackney   (Click to enlarge)

Judy Beishon, Hackney Socialist Party

'We don't want luxury tower blocks built in Hoxton' was the verdict of every contributor in a public meeting called by the 'Save Britannia Leisure Centre' campaign in east London.

From the platform Hackney mayor Philip Glanville tried to defend his plan to replace the popular Britannia leisure centre with three tower blocks, a large academy school, and a new leisure centre on a patch of land presently classified as 'designated open space'.

His council cabinet argues that it would cost too much to renovate the present leisure centre and the only way a new centre can be funded is for 480 flats to be built on the site, 400 of them for private sale and only 80 classed as 'affordable'.

Many of those 80 won't be at all affordable for the vast number of Hackney people who are homeless or living in overcrowded or other dire conditions. Genuinely affordable homes are very scarce, forcing working class people out of the borough.

The entire neighbourhood will be damaged environmentally: Less open space, with monstrous tower blocks blocking the sky and light. The council's own pre-planning application report admits there would be "significant intensification and increased density within the surrounding area".

Nobody in the audience of over 50 people voiced any support for the proposals. Over 20 angrily slated different aspects of the scheme, including Socialist Party members who called for the council to stop doing the Tory government's bidding and instead to safeguard the site's use as a leisure facility.

The money could be raised from the council's substantial reserves and borrowing powers, while at the same time launching a determined campaign for reimbursement by central government. Successive governments have dramatically slashed funding to councils!

Information demanded

There was a chorus of condemnation of the lack of 'transparency' of the cabinet - it asserts there's no alternative to its monstrous project while claiming it can't break 'confidentiality' with the organisations being lined up for involvement, so local people can't have the information they're requesting.

Objections were also made to having yet another 'academy' school - outside the direction of the elected local authority, able to undercut nationally agreed rates of pay and terms for staff, able to employ unqualified teachers. The council meekly repeats the government's order that new state-funded schools have to be free schools or academies. Where is its active opposition to this?

The government did a u-turn on forcing every existing school to become an academy. It could cave in too regarding new schools if Hackney and the many other Labour councils across the country mobilise a national campaign against these destructive privatisations - which would be willingly supported by large numbers of parents, school staff and students.

The mayor seems set on pushing on with the scheme regardless of the strong opposition, so the campaign will go on.

Jeremy Corbyn last year pledged a big council house building programme and opposition to forced academies and “forced gentrification and social cleansing”. Yet Hackney council and mayor Philip Glanville continue to do the Tory government's bidding by building luxury flats and academy schools, and they impose the Tories' savage spending cuts on council jobs and services.

"He must think he is Trump and the new leisure centre will be called the Phil Glanville leisure centre" was the verdict of a local resident after the meeting.

Virtually everyone took away Hackney Socialist Party's leaflet to read, and eight people bought a copy of the Socialist.


This is a longer version of the article printed in the Socialist

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 10 January 2018:


What we think

Sustained mass movement needed to stop Tories wrecking our NHS


International socialist news and analysis

Movement challenges Iranian regime

Sweden: School strike against deportations


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cabinet chaos as shambolic reshuffle underlines Theresa May's impotence

Bigot Toby Young quits - now scrap the new uni regulator driving privatisation

Teacher recruitment falls by a third - cut workload, not funding

Them & Us


Socialist Party workplace news

McDonald's strike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

RMT rail members buoyed by coordinated action

Amy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

Newham academy strikes spread to Cumberland school

UCU members balloting for action on pension cuts


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

2017 was the best fighting fund total this century!

Socialist sales highest in years as mistrust in capitalist media hits record levels

Hoxton: "Stop this unwanted development"

Closure of Nottingham unit shows dismantling of NHS


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Art can help expose sexual harassment

Debate: should tower blocks form part of socialist housing policy?

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 10 January 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Hackney:

triangleHackney Socialist Party: 10 years since the 2007-08 crash - will there be another?

triangleHackney Socialist Party: Slum housing in the past; and the crisis today

triangleHackney Socialist Party: Iran in turmoil

triangleHackney Socialist Party: The May 2018 local elections

triangleHackney Socialist Party: Catalonia - Your chance to pose questions

Leisure:

triangleAngry east London residents organise against threat to leisure centre

triangleSuprise rally with Jeremy Corbyn in Morley

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: New technology - more leisure time or fewer jobs?

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Socialist:

triangleCardiff Socialist Party: Why Labour and Plaid councils must set no-cuts budgets

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Do Trump's antics make nuclear war more likely?

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Iran in turmoil

Socialist Party:

triangleCardiff Central Socialist Party: How the Poll Tax was beaten

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: How the Poll Tax was beaten

London:

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: The national question

East London:

triangleNewham academy strikes spread to Cumberland school

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/1/18

Birmingham

Home care workers to strike

12/1/18

Waltham Forest

Outrage against 'monster block' plan

12/1/18

Manchester

Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

10/1/18

McDonalds

Strike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

10/1/18

Usdaw

Amy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

10/1/18

The Socialist

Socialist sales highest in years as mistrust in capitalist media hits record levels

10/1/18

Fighting Fund

2017 was the best fighting fund total this century!

10/1/18

NHS

Closure of Nottingham unit shows dismantling of NHS

10/1/18

Hackney

Hoxton: "Stop this unwanted development"

10/1/18

Newham

Newham academy strikes spread to Cumberland school

8/1/18

RMT

RMT rail members buoyed by coordinated action

4/1/18

RMT

Strike against driver-only operation on five rail networks

3/1/18

Higher Education

UCU members balloting for action on pension cuts

3/1/18

Bradford

Bradford protest against children's service cuts

3/1/18

Leeds

Leeds college pay protests

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle16 Jan Home care workers to strike

triangle15 Jan Carillion crisis: Demand action to save jobs and services

triangle12 Jan Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangle12 Jan Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

triangle10 Jan Strike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

triangle10 Jan Movement of workers and youth challenges Iranian regime

triangle10 Jan Cabinet chaos as shambolic reshuffle underlines Theresa May's...

More ...

triangle16 Jan Bristol North Socialist Party: 'Bad Art' - socialist struggle in the arts

triangle16 Jan Cardiff West Socialist Party: Building socialism in Cardiff in 2018

triangle17 Jan Cardiff Central Socialist Party: Planning for 2018

triangle17 Jan Salford Socialist Party: Housing crisis - the socialist solution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2