Thanks for the images, this should not be forced onto the residents, however the reality is that the tower is the City's solution to provide social housing within the City boundary, social housing that the City of London Corporation has deliberately neglected to provide on other residential sites within the City, zero at ex YMCA building development, and zero social at ex Police building - Bernard Morgan House.
Rethinking the design is essential, to include at least one disabled parking, parking for teaching staff, and electrical parking bays/or bays for Golden Lane residents car club.
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Charles this is were collectively residents who support any form of social housing, including key worker housing, affordable rented housing, should not be voting for any existing Alderman/Councillor mainly Barbican based.
These same Alderman/Councillors have supported zero provision for social housing within the ex-YMCA, and ex-Bernard Morgan House. The City policy has always been privatisation, Norman House on London Wall sold to Berkeley Group with zero social provision, the ex-City Business School located within the Barbican at Frobisher Crescent, developed for 100% private housing. Candy brothers CPC Monaco based company, given permission to convert Sugar Quay office building to 100% private housing, there are many more....
The City of London Corporation is guilty of Social Cleansing on an unbelievable scale, it is no good to say land prices are expensive, that may be the case, but time and time again, the elected Alderpersons and Councillors in all Wards have agreed to 100% private developments on land that is 100% owned by the City of London Corporation.
The time is approaching, when only those on salaries above £60,000.00 will be able to live within the City, others including children of existing residents will be forced to move out, including those on lower salaries, carers, those with social needs - including existing City based retired pensioners, and key City based workers.
The existing Alderpersons, and Councillors must change housing policy, if the City can sell long leases of their buildings within the City to the private sector, it can retain the same leases and develop mixed housing for all sectors of our much valued society, ensuring that the social fabric is maintained.
The twin towers. At one end of Golden Lane we have a housing block where the City claim land values preclude any social housing. 200 metres away at the other end of Golden Lane we have 100% social housing. This isn't the "Poor doors" scandal - its worse. We need to get an article published on this; In the Guardian or the Islington Gazette?
Charles you absolutely right, many of my neighbours feel exactly the same.
The Islington Gazette wishes to meet up with you, and other representatives, they want to do an article this week. They are particular interested in social housing being farmed off to Islington, height issues, and Alderpersons/Councillors views.
Please email the full history of the site, and contact Mr Gelder to arrange a meeting:
Mr Sam Gelder
North West London Newspapers
108-110 Finchley Road
Tel: 020 7433 0104
And Ms Alison Benjamin, Society Editor, The Guardian, can be contacted initially via Email with the full history, along with your contact details.
Ms Alison Benjamin
90 York Way
Tel: 020 3353 2000