Public meeting called to discuss West London housing crisis

Residents of West London are being urged to come along and take part in a much needed debate on the area’s housing crisis.

The public meeting, organised by Ealing Unite Community branch, will include workshops on social housing, council housing and the private rental sector.

Speakers will include Rev Paul Nicolson (TAP), Doug Thorpe (Radicals Housing Network), Eileen Short (Defend Council Housing), and Michelle Springall (EAB Disability Adviser).

Local Councillors from Ealing, Hounslow and Harrow are due to attend and to participate in the workshop discussions. Residents’ associations from across boroughs have also been invited.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Raj Gill, Unite community member said:

“The housing fight back is on. The public meeting will focus on the acute housing shortages in both the public and private sector and the lack of affordable housing across West London.

“The government’s Housing and Planning bill, which is currently making its way through the House of Lords – will do nothing to solve the housing crisis – it will only make matters worse. Private developers will make even more profit, building homes few can afford. Private renters will suffer from more exorbitant rents, properties falling into disrepair and evictions.

“Thousands of genuinely affordable homes will be lost. Local people are being priced out of the market. The meeting is our chance to spread the word about the government’s plans to sell off council and housing association homes, push up rents and scrap secure tenancies.

“The Bill will make it even harder for people on low or medium incomes to live in West London. What the government calls ‘high value areas’ are our homes and communities. We must defend them and resist this blatant attempt at social cleansing.

“We will be marching against the Bill on 13 March, in support of the ‘Kill the Bill’ campaign and urge Tenants’ Associations, trade unions and housing campaigners to link up and say to politicians “we need action, not words.”

“We call on all local MPs to make their voices heard as matter of urgency. We call on council leaders not to attend MIPPNS and sell our land to property developers.”

The debate will take place at the Ealing town hall, New Broadway, London, W5 2BY from 7pm on Monday, 29 February.