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Thursday
Oct252012

"Fuck off, or you are going to have a war on your hands"

Oscar Webb


UCL's proposal to build a £1bn "university quarter" in Stratford was passed by a Newham council meeting tonight, much to the anger of residents who currently live on the site. The prospect of home demolitions and mass evictions of Carpenters estate residents is now a little bit closer.

Not being able to gain access to the public gallery to observe the meeting themselves, residents of the Carpenters estate held a protest outside the town hall. Their main greivence with the scheme is that they feel they have not been properly consulted or listened to by either UCL or Newham.

Feelings ran high amongst those outside the town hall. "They're grabbing our land!" one resident shouted. The Carpenters residents' independent advisor, Tony Bird, in an unusual flurry of indignation, speaking to us advised UCL: "you have to fuck off, or you are going to have a war on your hands."

Carpenters residents hold up banner outside Newham town hall. Photo: Oscar Webb

 

Resident, Mary Finch, speaking to group outside town hall. Photo: Oscar Webb

Although Newham has agreed to UCL's initial plans, the proposals still have a lengthy planning process to go through if they are to be realised. UCL and Newham aim to have a contract ready by the end of 2013, only after that will work begin. Both parties, we are told, will continue consulting residents on the university's scheme up to that point. But considering UCL and Newham have repeatedly ignored residents previous cries of alarm (see here), it is unclear how much sway their voices will have in the final outcome. 

There will be full coverage of UCL Newham in the next issue of CG released early next week.

 

Monday
Oct082012

Why Were Newham Complaints Not Heard for Eleven Days?

Oscar Webb

 

For background on this story see here and here. 

Warren Lubin, chair of the Carpenters' Residents Steering Committee, and Tony Bird, their independent advisor, unexpectedly turned up UCL today. When they were spotted walking around UCL they told this magazine that they'd tried to meet the Provost, Malcolm Grant, but had been turned away by his secretary. They complained that they'd been attempting to contact Grant since late September, with no response.  

Bird produced a letter (see below) that he and Lubin had written to all the members of UCL Council on behalf of Carpenters residents, which was, according to them, handed to Tim Perry's office in the UCL Registry on the 28th September under the assurance, from that office, that it would be expedited to Council members the same day. 

When this magazine showed the letter to the two UCLU sabbatical officers on UCL Council, Edwin Clifford Coupe and Natasha Gorodnitski, they commented that they had recieved it only this morning - eleven days later! - through UCL's internal post. A UCL council meeting was held last Monday (1st October), which had UCL's proposed Newham campus on the agenda. Presumably other Council members had not recieved this document by that date either. Why Perry's office and UCL's internal post took so long to deliver the document to Council is a question which is yet to be answered.