Barnet’s Labour councillors will be joining West Hendon estate residents on their march for justice and against mass eviction today. The march will be leaving from the Marsh Drive Community Centre, NW9 at 5pm and has been organised by Our West Hendon – the resident-led campaign against the mass eviction and relocation of residents living on the West Hendon ‘regeneration’ estate.
Labour West Hendon Councillors Devra Kay and Adam Langleben will be speaking in support of residents on the West Hendon Estate regeneration at the two-week Public Inquiry now taking place every day at Hendon Town Hall from 10am to 4pm. Cllr Devra Kay and Cllr Adam Langleben have submitted statements to the Public Inquiry calling for Barnet council to treat residents living on the estate fairly.
Residents had originally been balloted on a completely different scheme to the current plans which included promises to provide every resident with a brand new home in the new development, provide a choice of where to move, provide residents with a real say in the regeneration and to buy homeowners properties at current housing prices. None of these promises are being kept.
Full details of today’s day of action in West Hendon are:
2pm–4pm: Public Meeting at West Hendon Community Centre, Marsh Drive NW9
5pm: March from the estate to the Public Inquiry at Hendon Town Hall
6pm: Demonstration outside Hendon Town Hall
Labour’s Housing Spokesperson, Cllr Ross Houston said: “What’s happening on the West Hendon estate is not regeneration it is re-development. The residents who have been living there – some of them for most of their lives – are being forced off the estate to make way for wealthy investors who want to buy up property to make money. This will fundamentally change the demographic of that area and is tantamount to gerrymandering. Most importantly we must support the residents to get justice against forced eviction and possibly homelessness.”
Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: “The Labour Group wholeheartedly supports the West Hendon residents in their fight for their homes. A Labour council would want to ensure all longstanding non-secure tenants were given flexible 5 year tenancies and all tenants offered a home on the estate – that is what was promised."
1. Details of the West Hendon estate inquiry can be found:
For further details please contact:
Cllr Ross Houston: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Alison Moore: email@example.com
Cllr Adam Langleben: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Devra Kay: email@example.com
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568