The proposed development of the former hospital on Elm Grove is a shameful missed opportunity. Our city is gripped by crisis-level housing, health and social care needs. And yet the NHS has proposed the 10 acre hospital site— gifted to the people of Brighton in 1865— be sold to private developers. Instead of providing publicly owned and genuinely affordable housing (including NHS and social care amenities), the development of the land—our land—will follow the predictable path of luxury apartments gift-wrapped in vague promises of a ‘health-hub’ and an ’affordable’ housing component (as always ‘affordable’ defined as 80% of market value and thus out of reach for people on middle or low income).
Today campaigners demonstrated outside the hospital before a board meeting of the Sussex NHS Trust to let them know that we will not allow this site to be sold off to private, profiteering developers.
This site belongs to us. Its future should be determined by us. That it should be stolen from us and passed to private hands is a scandal—if we let this happen the land and all the opportunities it held for the people of Brighton will be gone forever. Contact your MP! Join the campaign: contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be outside the Brighton and Hove Full Council meeting this afternoon at 3.45 to let Councillors know that we expect them to support the PUBLIC development of this site, which they voted unanimously in the summer to support.
Join the campaign!
The Living Rent Campaign will have a stall here too! Come and question our representatives on what they will do about the housing crisis in Hove. In this area we have seen mainly developments that are designed for the luxury market and ordinary people have been priced out.
Public Meeting organised by Hove & Portslade Labour Party
12 May 9.30 am to 1.30 pm Brunswick Primary School – Somerhill Rd, Hove BN3 1RP
If you are concerned about housing in Hove, come along to this meeting to hear the facts, share your views and help us develop solutions.
…plus an advice Market Place of organisations that can help with your housing queries.
John Healey – Shadow Housing Minister
Claire Moonan – Councillor for Central Hove
Andy Winter – Chief Executive, Brighton Housing Trust Chair:
Chair: Peter Kyle – MP for Hove
Justice for Grenfell
Join the protest March for Homes Saturday 24 June 2017 12 noon Parliament Square SW1P 3AD
The terrible Grenfell fire shows the murderous result of housing policies dictated by profit and greed. Tenants die because landlords don’t listen. Everyone needs a home they can afford. Government continues to destroy council housing. Street homeless and insecurity is soaring, and millions are trapped in expensive, insecure private renting. People pay over half their income in rent – while landlords and developers get tax breaks and subsidies. Opposition in and outside Parliament stalled much of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, including Pay to Stay and sell off of council homes on the open market. But the Act is law, and is still a threat. A united housing movement needs to challenge the weak Government, take direct action and force the changes we need.
24 June protest supported by Defend Council Housing, One Housing and other housing association tenant groups; privaterenters groups; National Union of Students; Peoples Assembly against Austerity; Disabled People Against Cuts; National Pensioners Convention; Unison, GMB, National Union of Teacher and other trade unions; British Association of Social Workers; Bishop of Stepney and others.
Kill the Housing Bill campaign update…
The Housing and Planning Bill is now the Housing and Plannng Act.
The ‘Kill the Housing Bill’ campaign, an alliance of tenants of all tenures, trade unionists, politicians and housing activists, has now agreed to rename itself ‘Axe the Housing Act’. The focus of the campaign will be building a national network of local groups committed to raising awareness of the threat and uniting opposition to it.
There will be a second national demonstration on the:
18th of June assembling at 12 noon from Hyde Park corner London.
The Act limped through Parliament 12 May (read Act here ), but will not be in force till April 2017; much of its detail is not yet agreed. Most people still don’t know about the end of building homes for rent, sell offs of council homes, pay to stay tenant tax, de-regulation of housing associations, failure to control private rents, and make it easier to demolish and clear estates.