Demolition scheme defeated. Now for community ownership!

A special message from our new WKGGCH Chair

It’s with such great pleasure that this should be my first message to you as the new Chair of WKGGCH! I pay tribute to my predecessor as Chair, Keith Drew, for his commitment to our cause for resident control over our future.

I hope that by now you’ve heard we’ve defeated the terrible threat to demolish our homes, which we’ve fought against since 2008.

On 15 November 2019, our landlord, Hammersmith & Fulham Council, agreed to refund the £100 million, which the developer paid for the estates, in return for ending the legal agreement for their demolition.

Thank you to so many residents and to so many supporters all over the country who’ve helped us defend our community.

For eleven long years, we’ve fought for the right to determine our own future. We’ve struggled through thick and thin. We’ve plumbed the depths of despair, and we’ve climbed the heights of hope.

Above all, we’ve stuck together. United, we’ve proven strong.

Now we’ve defeated demolition, we must transfer our estates into community ownership. It’s the only way to protect ourselves. Never again should we have to fear or fight for our homes.

Once we’ve secured our homes into community ownership, it’ll be for us to decide the future of our estates, and it’ll be for us to choose which services we should provide for our community to thrive and prosper.

Back in July, the Government stopped our Right to Transfer application. At our AGM on 29 October, we changed our rules to deal with that, so now we’re back on track.

Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you in the New Year!

Linda Sanders

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