Wednesday 26 November 2014 8.20pm
Gavin Smith wrote:
We're talking about ideals though, Marcus. Whilst it would be nice to create more housing stock, by doing that we create a segregated "community" that is barren of normal people that aren't earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.
The point you raise about outsourcing is a good one. Perhaps we've done a trade - we allow the City of London Corp to take over control of our schools (first the aptly named COLA - City of London Academy
) and now a new primary school on Galleywall Road - in exchange for accommodating some of their housing!
I'm sorry but I think there's actually quite a lot of social housing directly abutting that area. The private developments of the last 25 years or so are what has reduced the level of segregation. Personally, I think it could have been used to provide more family friendly housing stock. The block itself lends to the segregaton.
As regard the City of London, it has always invested outside it's own borough and there's plenty of CoLC housing around Southwark - you can see it with the plaques attached. IN fact, he City was probably the only borough which stood up to what has been the bane of social housing - the right to buy. That combined with a lack of new building has dramatically reduced the scale of social housing stock while enriching those lucky enough to have been in tenancies at the time.