Saturday, 12 April 2014

West Hendon Estate residents resist social cleansing

Saturday, 12 April 2014 from Martin Francis'

I have previously covered the situation at the West Hendon Estate  where Barratt Homes are knocking down the social housing to build luxury flats on the banks of the Welsh Harp, fully supported by Barnet's ultra-Tory Council..

Today angry residents and supporters marched on the surgey of local MP Matthew Offord to protest agains the plans which one protester said would mean only 15% of current residents would remain on the estate. The others would be torn away from their community to be rehoused elsewhere in the borough in private rented accommodation in the area or beyond.

As with other communities residents have already been hit by the benefit cap and the bedroom tax. Matthew Offord declared his surgery a private meeting and dived into a police car to be sped away rather than face the people's wrath or listen to their grievances.

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