Comment on: Shock new bid to save Robin Hood Gardens
I also am a long term resident of Robin Hood Gardens and agree with everything Nicholas has just stated. The way in which the council carried out its consulatation of residents about regeneration is highly suspect in my opinion. As the intial surveys and resultant reports showed that most 95% of those who chose demolition were under the impression that they would retain council tenancies in the new blocks.
But the council only report the 80% of residents who chose the demolition option. At the time the option of maintaining the blocks was sold to residents as an option that would mean residents would suffer as a result of this.
My community was everything to me at one time as it was my home, where my friends lived and were brought up in such a vibrant community.
What our council and successive politicians have done to some of the poorest residents in England, virtually cleansed an entire community that was safe and happy is a travesty. Now we have crminal lack of basic services leaving the estate now with an increase in ASB, burglaries from people either coming onto the estate or squatters now plaguing the estate.
Our security systems are now a joke with anybody just able to walk through open security systems that cost tens of thousands to maintain, left now neglected.
People are now scared on the estate, and I feel after watching other regenerations that the absense of any and all security is just another policy of the regeneration/gentrification bandwagon. Ultimately to remove the last remaining residents.
Please, please, please all you people in the field put pressure on the government to list the buildings and save our homes and our remaining commjunity.