The point of public housing is that it is quality built homes for all regardless of income. A good principle for future housing. The recent trend to denigrate such a principle by talking of people being too wealthy to live in public housing is part the wider ideological attack on the principle of providing public housing. If mixed communities are so beneficial to local areas (hence the spurious argument why estates are demolished to Balance the mix of local population), lets keep public housing for all with doctors living next door to cleaners, with the unemployed living next door to teachers.
My previous neighbours on my block have been actors, security guards, DJ's, council officers and cleaners.
Your right James,my apologies i'm terrible for it,but since I read your post after i've cut (to paste) to form a reply to Floodplain please allow me this...
"One of the reforms which will be coming from the coalition government will be placing a limit on earnings for anyone already in Council Housing - don't tell me you would disagree with such a long-overdue reform?"
Seeing as what it will mean will be, buy it or get out, then yes I disagree with it.
This is due to be discussed at the Southbank Forum meeting on Thursday 13th Feb (180 Stamford Street) and again at the BARD meeting on 20th Feb (Rowland Hill House - next to the Lord Nelson .
Interested parties might like to consider attending if possible. My feeling is that this applies to anyone in the area around Blackfriars Road, because if the proposed redevelopment goes ahead, the property developers will no doubt be eyeing up Falcon Point, Nelson Square, Blackfriars Road Peabody Estate, Styles House, Nicholson Street estate - the list goes on.
But in a way the SPD process also revealed the extent which to developers are looking to rebuild this area. This issue with Quadrant House and the others would not probably have been known in ages if they hadn't posted their comments in support of the SPD!
The Overview and scrutiny committee meeting agenda is on the Southwark website and residents can attend the meeting too.
It's not so much the problem of 'in-comers' but the narrowly defined view of their 'needs' that is partially the issue at stake here. Cafe culture has been done to death on many of London's streets and it's time something more imaginative was considered that didn't rely on the 'invest returns' way of thinking.