A beautiful house has been occupied on the Sweets Way estate in Barnet. Come down to check out the estate, chat to some local residents, and help create a community space!
The Sweets Way estate is in the process of a total decant, with about 15 households left of almost 160. The houses are in perfect condition, but are due to be knocked down by developer Annington Homes to double the density with only 33 ‘affordable’ units. Residents have no right of return. The estate has been used as temporary accommodation for Barnet Council via Notting Hill Housing Trust, in some cases for up to 6 years. The residents are at the beginning of their political action together, and are currently coming together to discuss their collective demands of the council.
This is yet another case of developers manipulating the class composition of an area to increase their profits. Residents who have been in Barnet for decades are being forced out, aided by council policy to force up rents to 80% of market rates. They are looking for support in this battle, so if you can get on the Northern line we are only 26mins from Kings Cross.
Here’s our wishlist if you can help out with bringing anything. Check Barnet Housing Action Group and the Radical Housing Network sites, as well as @SweetsWayN20 twitter for updates.
First and foremost, it is the solidarity of people coming and helping out that will win back the homes in this community.
Can donate any of the following?
- Electric heaters
- blackboard paper
- cleaning supplies
- space heaters
- furniture – table chairs beds
- sleeping bags/bedding
- cleaning stuff
- blue tac
- extension cables
- paint and brushes
VIDEO: the children of Sweets Way speak up