sjac wrote:The "vacant homes" argument is an oft-used red herring as well. Long-term empty homes in Southwark total 853, which is 0.67% of housing stock (lower than the national average by some measure). Some of these will also be unfit for occupation. While accepting that one empty home is one too many, eliminating the empty home problem is far from the panacea that it's held up to be.
James Hatts wrote:It seems to me that the debate over who can/should live in central London needs to be considered alongside the debate about major transport infrastructure projects.
If the people who work in central London continue to be excluded from the possibility of living near the centre, the need for projects like the Bakerloo line extension, Crossrail 2, the Waterloo Station upgrade (etc etc etc) will only become more acute.
And by extension, if people are having to travel vast distances every day, that has environmental implications too.
These topics - housing, transport, environment - can't be considered in isolation.
sjac wrote:It's not "if I say so", it's the reality.
johnnytee wrote:Well said Louise, I am in the same boat. Will have to move eventually or face a lifetime of high rents to live anywhere in this area.
With the elections looming it is worth saying.. if you vote for any of the 3 main parties - Lib Lab Con - you are merely continuing this state of affairs indefinitely. They are all in hock to big business and don't care a fig for the common person.
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