The event at the week-end (see previous blog post) was a great success with both the walk and the assembly attended by a variety of campaigns and individuals, all keen to get involved and work together to fight gentrification in all its forms and against the way public space is being taken over and privatised. Stop the Blocks- a network of different campaigns in the borough- is to continue meeting and planning joint actions. There will be a meeting of Stop the Blocks after the protest at the Jack the Ripper Museum in Cable St. The controversy around this museum is related to the general concern about the way in which Tower Hamlets is being taken over as a place to make profit and not for the the benefit of the local community. What should have been a museum to celebrate the struggles of working class women in Tower Hamlets has been revealed to be yet another glorification of Jack the Ripper as a means of attracting tourists and making money.
Please sign this. Join the protest outside outside Tower Hamlets Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 6-7pm on Wednesday 22nd July
THE 16th issue of the East End Howler, the paper of ACtion East End, will be out in a couple of weeks with articles on Poplar HARCA, Boleyn Ground development, Chrisp Street Market campaign and lots more.
BoleynDevelopment100 (the campaign for 100%social housing for the Boleyn Ground development) had a successful stall in front of Queens Market with Action East End and Friends of Queens Market and others getting a lot of people to sign objection forms to the planning application by the big property developers Galliard.
Brilliant write-up of our recent stall at Chrisp Street Market, by Tower Hamlets Renters. More actions and stalls coming soon!
Traders at Chrisp Street market have criticised landlord Poplar Harca over the lack of information being offered about a £300m regeneration programme that will force them out for at least three years with no guarantee they can return.
Poplar Harca plans to redevelop the old market square and surrounding estates between 2017 and 2020, and replace them with a modern shopping precinct with cinema, restaurants, leisure and cultural facilities, and 750 new homes.
On top of the lack of information, the scheme has been repeatedly delayed since 2012 leaving tenants and traders living in uncertainty and unable to plan for the future.
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