Greens launch Mayoral campaign with call for ballots on estates ‘regeneration’
Image: Sian Berry AM with Green Party co-leader and St Leonards ward councillor Jonathan Bartley
Estates facing controversial regeneration projects would be given a ballot on council plans, under proposals from the Green Party.
The Greens have launched their campaign for the London Assembly and Mayoral elections ahead of the May 6th vote, when Londoners head to the polls to elect the city’s leader and Assembly members.
Green mayoral candidate Sian Berry came third in 2016, and is pushing Labour mayor Sadiq Khan from the left.
In 2018, Sian Berry found that the Mayor has been ‘quietly signing off’ funding for some of the most controversial estate schemes in London, including several in Lambeth.
She wrote: “This information paints a sorry picture, and is a harsh slap in the face to many residents on estates under threat who – thanks to his actions – will be denied a ballot at the last moment before his new policy comes in. They include the Fenwick, Cressingham Gardens, Knights Walk and other estates in Lambeth.”
Backing Berry, Green baroness and former AM Jenny Jones wrote that Sian has championed “the right of tenants to have a decisive say on the redevelopment of their estates and made it one of her top priorities.”
“Sadiq Khan was pushed to include it as a Labour manifesto promise in 2016, but then backtracked…
“Sian won the unanimous support of the Assembly for binding ballots for residents, and twisted the Mayor’s arm to enforce this as part of any Mayoral funding for schemes. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop the Mayor signing off of dozens of major regeneration plans without any ballots just before he changed the policy.
“This whole saga is a reminder of why having Green Assembly Members is great, but a Green Mayor would be better,” Baroness Jones wrote.
Several estate regeneration projects in Lambeth – led by council off-shoot Homes for Lambeth – have triggered several major local campaigns in opposition. The council insists the plans will lead to more social-rent homes in the borough.
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