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Public Housing in Barnet Open Forum



I was invited to the Open Forum for Housing in Barnet. This time, instead ospeakers from a panel, we had the Rule of Two Feet. Five discussion groups and I managed to video two of them. My conclusion from various conversations is that people are stymied by the system that does not work for them, but works for big corporate property developers.

Original Invite:

The shortage of social and truly affordable housing is one of the most pressing problems facing our communities. Is council housing the answer to the crisis? What can councils do to tackle the housing shortage? What should Londoners expect? What’s the solution: housing associations? housing co-ops? mutuals? self-builds? Must regeneration be gentrification?

Come to this open forum to discuss with other members of the housing community – councillors, tenants and campaigners – possible solutions to the current housing situation and what actions can be taken next. Working in groups, this is an opportunity for you to give your views of what needs to be done and by whom.

Joining us for the discussion will be:

Nicky Gavron, Chair of Planning Committee, London Assembly

Cllr Achilleas Georgiou, Deputy Leader, Enfield Council

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Cabinet Member for Housing, Enfield Council

Cllr James Murray, Executive Member for Housing and Development, Islington Council

Cllr Philip Cohen, Assets, Regeneration & Growth Committee, Barnet Council

Cllr Gabriel Rozenberg, Assets, Regeneration & Growth Committee, Barnet Council

Cllr Adam Langleben, Housing Committee, Barnet Council

Izzi & Sarah Counihan-Sanchez, The Counihan-Sanchez Family Housing Campaign, Brent

Jazmin Stone & Sam Middleton, Focus E-15 Mums, Newham

Pilgrim Tucker, Unite Communities organiser

Daisy-May Hudson, homeless, VICE News reporter

Jasmin Parsons, council tenant, Our West Hendon campaign

Opening Plenary and First Discussion Group: Barnet’s Regenerated estates and lessons to be learnt.

Second Discussion Group: The Nature of Housing Campaigning. (Focus E15 Campaign and Counihan-Sanchez Family Housing Campaign).

Closing Plenary: Points to note and Actions to be taken.

Conclusion from the audience.

Barnet Alliance for Public Services
Twitter – https://twitter.com/barnetalliance

Email – barnetalliance4publicservices@gmail.com

Barnet Housing Action Group:


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