Stop the Blocks Closed House Event a Great Success

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.


Tower Hamlets against gentrification: Closed House Week-end

A big event is being organised this week-end (August 8th and 9th) in Tower Hamlets which brings together a range of campaigns who are fighting gentrification and demanding more, not less social housing. The week-end begins with a walking tour of various campaign sites, meeting at Whitechapel Tube at 11 am. On the 9th, an assembly will be held in Victoria Park, meeting at the Padoga at 1 pm. This is a great opportunity to see what amazing groups exist in Tower Hamlets and to get involved.

Howler 16 Out Now! Keep the Rich off our Pitch

The 16th edition of the Howler is now out. We focus on a range of new campaigns in Newham and Tower Hamlets. We also include an article from the inspiring Reclaim Hackney.


Another five years of a Conservative government, determined to attack the working class and those most vulnerable in society, has caused both anger and despair. Whilst some spend their time moaning and planning for the next election, others are stepping up the fight-back that had already gained momentum well before the election. Campaigns continue to spring up all over East London: eviction resistance, saving social housing from developers, protests against the tower blocks being built for the rich, fights to preserve important community places such as markets and pubs, and a general fightback against austerity and cuts.  What all the campaigns have in common is the determination to make sure that the working class can afford to live and work in East London. This is becoming increasingly difficult as the whole area is becoming gentrified, as seen in the increased rents and house prices and the spread of up-market chain stores, ‘boutiques’, and expensive cafes and restaurants. Working class neighbourhoods are being rebranded, like the new ‘Upton Village’. The Chief Executive of Galliard, Stephen Conway (born in Bow himself) is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: “London is no longer affordable for people on normal wages. In fact, it never really was”. We refuse to accept that a city like London is for the rich.

In this issue of The Howler, we focus on some of the new campaigns that are adding their voice to Focus E15, Friends of Queen’s Market, Fred John Towers and others in the struggle to stop social cleansing and gentrification. Boleyn Development 100 is demanding 100% social housing on the site of the West Ham stadium. The lack of truly affordable housing is the main factor forcing people to move out of the area. Save Chrisp St Market in Poplar, similar to Friends of Queen’s Market in Upton Park, realises the danger to the community if a traditional market is ‘redeveloped’; it means higher prices, shops and traders forced out and social housing knocked down. The end result is that a working class community has been changed into one that is aimed at the well-off. The campaign stresses that cheap shopping is as crucial to maintaining a local community as housing. More and more people are joining the struggle. As one campaigner from Boleyn Development 100 said: ‘Keep the rich off our pitch!’




Save TUSH Housing Cooperative

Please sign this. Join the protest outside outside Tower Hamlets Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 6-7pm on Wednesday 22nd July


New Howler out soon!!!!

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.

100 % Social Housing for Boleyn Ground

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.

Traders at Chrisp Street market left in dark over development plans

Brilliant write-up of our recent stall at Chrisp Street Market, by Tower Hamlets Renters. More actions and stalls coming soon!

Tower Hamlets Renters

IMG_3188 Tower Hamlets Renters and Action East End held a stall at Chrisp St Market to find out what residents and traders thought about the proposed £300m regeneration scheme.

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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