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Friday 4 April 2014 10.46am
JazzyQ wrote:
Funny you should say this, RobB.
On 20th feb I posted this comment on another thread,

"Now it feels like the wild west gold rush is upon us, and the pistoleros at Southwark council are selling their residents down the river"

Yeee Haaaa

Removing us down the river more like! And who is "steering" HMS Southwark?

No elections for property developers unfortunately.
Friday 4 April 2014 11.27am
Perhaps its not just the Wild West. Everyone except us is rushing in to buy up old London town, and our elected politicians do nowt about it, believing it is a "good thing"????

Have a look at this

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/london-property-boom-how-chinas-investment-invasion-challenges-russian-arab-dominance-1443291
Friday 4 April 2014 1.06pm
JazzyQ when you bord have a mess about with ONS mapping Link to ONS Mapping Country of Birth Southwark 2011 Census - hopefully it will work and come up set to Southwark. SE1 etc there too.

Odd things are happening, and in Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks we have 25% of Southwark Chinese population, about a 1000 in each ward. We also have about 4000 non-EU "other" rest of the world residents in each ward. And then balancing that, we have chunks of c.1000 non-UK born EU residents now and gaining them on top of postal votes will keep many incumbent Lid Dems, including the lazy useless ones, in place.

So I think a party like the Liberal Democrats will be please to target non-UK born EU residents, while parties like UKIP and APP might try for the "global" / "don't turn you back on the commonwealth" / trade with the world approach.

How it pans out will be interesting to see.

And for some of these career party political politicians winning is all that counts.

For the Labour party member who explained to me that she was waiting for Simon Hughes's voters to perish, it now looks as though there's a whole new crowd.
Friday 4 April 2014 1.19pm
JazzyQ to add to ur link "Knight Frank said the Chinese bought more sub-1m houses in London during 2013 than the previous five years combined.", sub 1M being a worry, locally in Southwark our own London Chinese families are jointly in greatest need of larger homes with more bedrooms according to Southwark's own housing stats. So it looks, on the face of it, that London Chinese are also being affected by the influx. Investors, as the article rightly point out, will consider their taxation position very carefully. If they ever become ordinarily resident, then they will depart in 9 years and 364 days. And won't return for at lease five.
Friday 4 April 2014 5.01pm
Well, you hit the nail on the head hhrca. The issue is about HOMES. People need places to live whether they are single, couples, families with one child or families with more, and whatever their heritage. HOMES HOMES HOMES are needed. What we do not need is hoarding of homes by investors, inflated prices beyond the means of working people, deals with developers where people are shipped off to places where they do not want to live and where others do not want them at the end of their road either.
What is it about this simple fact that our politicians and elected representatives just do not understand? A home is a place to live. Just that.
Friday 4 April 2014 6.14pm
hhrca wrote:
JazzyQ to add to ur link "Knight Frank said the Chinese bought more sub-1m houses in London during 2013 than the previous five years combined."

Their share grew to 7.5% of all foreign investment in that sector of the market. But the numbers of foreign investors at that price point looks like it went down overall by 10% or more (see article linked to below). So a big percentage jump but on a small base - not necessarily a huge increase in purchases by Chinese buyers in absolute terms. (I do feel uneasy following on from a singling out of Chinese for special mention...)

Reading this gives a picture of the recent overall trend http://www.propertywire.com/news/europe/london-prume-property-buyers-201404018959.html. The pertinent point being this; '...Hamptons International reports that across all its London offices 77% of sales are going to a UK buyer, up from 65% in 2012.'.

That's a big jump any way you look at it. And this before the recent stamp duty changes outlined in the budget which are only going to further dampen foreign investment.
Saturday 5 April 2014 10.51am
Something that might be of interest in the Telegraph this morning on buy to let investments

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10743997/Could-now-be-the-worst-possible-time-to-buy-to-let.html
Monday 7 April 2014 11.10am
This article is a good read, and summarises a lot of what people have been saying on SE1 forum.
Don't let North Southwark become dull and boring, emptied out of its character and people, and replaced by empty speculative property developments.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10744997/Cool-London-is-dead-and-the-rich-kids-are-to-blame.html
Tuesday 8 April 2014 8.28pm
Something that might be of interest to readers of the forum. A protest video on my favourite topic. Homes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh5c9NlnrVk
Friday 11 April 2014 8.40pm
A lot of sound (vision?) bites but not much in the way of practical suggestions in that clip. Makes you think though... Could we be moving to a situation like in Paris where the poorest gravitate to the periphery and the centre is inhabited by the more affluent only?
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