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: email@example.com.
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!
Great news the petition was presented by John Hadman at full council on 1st February and passed unanimously!
What’s Next for Brighton & Hove’s Homeless?
John has written a letter to Councillor Clare Moonan to ask for more night shelter accommodation. Here is a video of the ingenious and practical pods that are being used for sleeping in. They provide a basic human right – a place to lay your head that is warm, dry and secure. See the video to find out more.
We will follow it to make sure the council keep to their word.
To: Brighton & Hove City Council
Open Brighton’s Homeless Shelters 365 days a year
Sign petition to Brighton & Hove City Council to open homeless night shelters all year round (365 days).
In the meantime, we urge the council to conform to central government directions on opening SWEP shelters (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol). We understand this government requirement is not being met, with approximately £90,000 left unspent from previous years of SWEP budget. Read more and sign petition
ARTISAN homes in an apartment block where developers controversially chose to pay £1.2 million rather than build affordable homes have now come on to the market, costing more than half a million…read more and comments from the Living Rent Campaign
Interview with Latest TV
A petition set up by Carrie Hynds calls upon Brighton & Hove City Council to meet their own affordable housing targets and make developers provide 40% affordable homes on sites of 15+ units. Sign here Petition
I can’t afford to live in Brighton!
I’m one pay cheque away from becoming homeless. We can’t afford higher rents!
I want a safe roof over my head. I spend half my income on rent!
Don’t get angry – get active – join the campaign
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.
Living Rent at the Kill the Bill protest at Westminster last Tuesday when the bill went back to MP’s to vote on amendments from the Lords…..
Unfortunately MPs voted to reject 13 amendments to the Housing Bill demanded by the House of Lords. They backed higher rents for people with a household income of £31,000 or more (£40,000 in London) and plans to make councils sell “high value” homes to pay off the deficit…
We will continue to lobby MP’s and Lords. If we all lobby them we have a chance to kill the housing bill!
Information on future protests organised by Kill the Bill campaign.
At the ‘Housing in Crisis’ meeting, we agreed to work together to fight against the decimation of social housing, soaring private rents and homelessness.
We know there are plenty of solutions to the problems but so far no political will. There is a determination to sell off what is left of social housing and an obsession with home ownership, most of which is beyond the reach of ordinary people.
Please come along on Wednesday and bring your ideas for a plan of action.
Living Rent meeting
Wednesday 4th of May at 7.30
The Edge Community Centre
83 Pankhurst Avenue
Fighting the Housing Bill – meeting in parliament Tuesday 3rd May
Write to MPs and Lords – 3 May to oppose the Housing Bill and attend the Kill the Housing Bill meeting in parliament on 3rd May. For details of this and other Kill-the-Bill events, throughout May and June check out Defend Council Housing website.