Fwd: [reclaiming-spaces] Enough is enough, #stopMIPIM , deliver the housing we need!

Simon Fairlie chapter7 at tlio.org.uk
Wed Sep 24 14:22:12 BST 2014


> http://radicalhousingnetwork.org/
> MIPIM, the world’s biggest property fair, is coming to London,  
> October 15-17th.
> MIPIM proudly describes itself as the world’s largest property  
> fair, attracting around 20,000 investors, developers, local  
> authorities, and banks each year.
> It usually takes place annually in Cannes, France. This year will  
> see the first MIPIM UK, to be held at London’s Olympia 15-17  
> October. Billed as ‘the 1st UK property trade show gathering all  
> professionals looking to close deals in the UK property market’  
> – a gathering of professionals and elites looking to profiteer  
> from UK land and property.
> Join affected communities, the Radical Housing Network, the  
> European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City,  
> Defend Council Housing, trade unions and a range of other groups to  
> demand a City for People, not for Profit.
> Public meeting in advance: Tuesday 16 September, 7pm – 128  
> Theobald’s Road, WC1X 8TN
> MIPIM UK: 15 – 17 October, Olympia W14 8UX
> Opening protest – #blockBoris: Wednesday 15 October from 9am
> Alternative conference Cities for People, Not for Profit: Thursday  
> 16th and Friday 17th until 4pm
> Closing protest – Paper round the Houses: Friday 17 October from 5pm
> ***
> http://lewishamdefendcouncilhousing.tumblr.com/post/97987247514/the- 
> mipim-trade-fair-is-the-worlds-largest
> The MIPIM trade fair is the world’s largest property trade fair.  
> For the first time London will be hosting the event (normally held  
> in Cannes) with an opening address from our mayor, Boris Johnson.
> Given the estimated 340,000 households on the housing waiting list  
> across London, the steady rise in homelessness rates and emergency  
> housing in B&Bs and hostels (often for families and vulnerable  
> individuals) it is clear we need truly affordable social housing  
> and effective regulation of the private rental market.
> Instead of our politicians looking into a sustainable housing  
> sector, we get the mayor opening MIPIM, with many councils keen to  
> strike up lucrative deals with property developers. MIPIM will be a  
> place to discuss further profiteering from the capital’s housing  
> market, including some great talks such as “Social Housing:  
> What’s the point?” and “NHS Restructuring: Opportunities for  
> the Property Industry”.
> We need to send out a clear message: London needs to think of  
> housing as a public right, events like MIPIM promise more of the  
> same profiteering which has given us scandals like the Heygate  
> Estate “regeneration” (http://www.urban75.org/blog/elephant-and- 
> castle-regeneration-outrage-2535-new-homes-and-just-79-social- 
> rented-units/), the almost now almost meaningless definition of  
> “Affordable Housing” (http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/ 
> 2014/feb/03/affordable-housing-meaning-rent-social-housing) and  
> Boris Johnson’s constant siding with luxury private developers  
> against council’s protests (http://www.theguardian.com/ 
> artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/jan/29/boris-johnsons- 
> abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy).
> The surge in homelessness and soaring housing waiting lists  
> doesn’t happen by accident, this is what happens when London only  
> views housing as an asset, never a public right.
> Enough is enough, #stopMIPIM , deliver the housing we need.
> You can find out more about the #stopMIPIM campaign athttp:// 
> radicalhousingnetwork.org/
> Sep. 20 2014
> #stopMIPIM #Housing Crisis #London Housing #Housing #London #MIPIM  
> #Lewisham Defend Council Housing
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