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Labour Demands Homes for People Not Profit

Kingston & Surbiton Labour Party is demanding that Kingston Council commits to a significant increase in the number of council homes on its proposed Cambridge Road Estate regeneration scheme as well as to a ballot of all residents.

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The party’s full demands are to:

  • increase the number of council homes to at least 1,000
  • hold an all-resident ballot on the final regeneration proposal
  • increase social housing to 50% of the whole development
  • keep tenants' rents at the basic government-set rent level
  • build new resident facilities at the heart of the estate including a community centre, GP surgery and local shops

Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM recently joined local party campaigners to launch the Council Homes For TheMany Campaign on Cambridge Road Estate.  

Tom Copley AM said: “With big regeneration schemes like the one on Cambridge Road Estate, which involve the possible demolition of over 800homes, it is vital that the interests of residents are safeguarded and that every opportunity is taken to improve the living environment for the local community.”

Norbiton Ward Councillor Linsey Cottington added: “While Labour was launching our campaign the Liberal Democrats announced that they had come round to supporting Labour’s demand for a ballot. Now we want to know if they are going to come round to agreeing with our demand for more councilhomes to be built on Cambridge Road Estate. We trust the Tory administration on Kingston Council is taking note.”    

Norbiton Labour campaigner Phil Bevin has spoken to many of the estate’s residents: “We are listening to everyone’s concerns. Many residents were not fully aware of all the implications in the regeneration of the whole estate and many are still fearful of not being able to return when new homes are built.”

With the current proposal to more than double the density on the estate putting more pressure on the local infrastructure, Labour is calling for a GP surgery, local shops and a community centre in any new development.

Another Norbiton Labour campaigner Liz Meerabeau added: “Local Tory councillors are opposing the Mayor of London’s draft plan to increase housingdensity in Kingston but at the same time they need to oppose any property speculator who wants to put profit before people on Cambridge Road Estate.”

For further information please contact Cllr Linsey Cottington on 07887 846 193 or linseycott@hotmail.co.uk 

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