Residents living next to a housing development site in Lambeth are set to hold a protest after becoming angered by the danger and disruption the project is causing them.
London Live’s Alex Beard was at ‘The Oval Quarter' this morning to find out more about the residents’ grievances ahead of their march from the development site, to Lambeth Town Hall.
Steve Hack, a member of the Residents’ Association, Myatts Field, explained some of the incidents which have led to the growing discontent.
A lack of consultation over the blocking of roads and asbestos removal initially irked locals. While vulnerable residents are also worried that road blocks could slow emergency service access to their homes.
Although the residents accept the need for new housing in the area, they are disappointed that the vast majority of the new homes would be built for “wealthy people”, and therefore provide little benefit to those on social housing waiting lists.
Another point of contention has been the lack of protection from both dust and noise pollution. Deborah Buckle, a local resident complained that the current barriers are inadequate.
She also pointed out the dangers of children having to negotiate their way through the “heavy duty traffic”, which is brought to the area by the construction.
Meanwhile, residents have been and will continue to be displaced as old buildings are knocked down as part of the development.
Although Gloria Cifuentes and her disabled son have been moved to a property that she admits is an upgrade on her previous one, her request that they be moved to a bungalow was ignored.
Aside from the ignored request, the move was very “stressful” for her and her son, who has cerebral palsy.
Despite holding a lease on their home, Andrew Ackon and his mother will soon hand in a homeless application, after the council broke its promise to help rehouse them.
Lambeth council have released a statement ahead of the protests, which said there would be no reduction in the amount of social housing under the regeneration.