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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 November 2021

East London gentrification plans exposed

Save Our Square protesters in Walthamstow, photo Paul Mattsson

Save Our Square protesters in Walthamstow, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Linda Taaffe, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

All kinds of old buildings get knocked down, tower blocks are thrown up, property developers rub their hands, and the juggernaut of private profit locks out thousands of poor households from decent truly affordable homes, while burdening others in mountainous mortgage debts or sky-high rents.

Architecture specialist Philip Steadman attended a special meeting of our local Save Our Square campaign on 28 October. His research quantifies how tall buildings are bad for the environment.

Electricity use in high-rise office buildings is nearly two and a half times greater than low-rise. Fossil-fuel use is 40% higher. And carbon emissions are more than double.

Why would any council, supposedly committed to action on climate change, want to add to carbon emissions with the two new blocks in Waltham Forest?

Philip Steadman had also calculated that the floor space of 'our' two tower blocks is half what the developers claim. His findings throw down a humdinger of a challenge to the council. This is only possible because we've carried on campaigning for the last six years.

Instead, an alternative plan, based on council homes to house the homeless, and those facing homelessness, could involve the whole community.

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In The Socialist 3 November 2021:


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Socialist change to end climate change

Fight for socialism to end climate destruction

COP26 begins - workers strike for pay

COP26 News in brief


Campaigns news

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Fund the fight for a socialist world

Sheffield students tirelessly campaigning for socialist change

Hackney children's centres: Campaigners see through council deception

East London gentrification plans exposed


News

Fight for a real wage rise for all

Local government cuts set to continue - we need councillors prepared to fight

Race to top for bankers

Fight for a 15-an-hour minimum wage and an end to youth rates

Water companies put profits before protecting our environment

Tories threaten arts students: we are prepared to fight back!

Tory Universal Credit crumbs no solution to cost of living crisis

Tory plans won't fix social care

Pay freeze lifted for civil servants - prepare now for the struggle for a decent rise


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Oaks Park school strike spurred on by head's lies

Scunthorpe scaffs strike into fifth week

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Plant engineers pay dispute


Fighting sexism

Sexism, safety and the profit system


International news

Sudan - mass protests and general strike against coup

Chile: International solidarity campaign to free political prisoners

Vaccine inequality - the ugly face of capitalism

Hunger strike in Calais for refugee rights

Protests against Sudan coup reach Britain


 

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