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The swarms are back in town

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The swarms are back in town

Property speculators and chums swarmed Mayfair for the second year running and Londoners made sure they were not welcome.

Yesterday, London 'Real Estate' Forum (LREF 2016) was back in Berkeley Square for first of two days of speculating and agreeing on more destruction and devastation of other people's lives.

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First group of Londoners ungreeted them in the morning, while Class War and Architects4Social Housing called another protest for 1pm. It was a rightly noisy reminder about the effects of 'regeneration', 'placemaking' and creating 'opportunity areas'. As the forum attendees got to leave the Square, they had to walk past the unwelcoming committee of imperfect people simply doing their best to continue living or working in London. We were genuinely disturbed to see many of the forum bunch snigger and laugh as they walked past because being involved in destruction of other people's homes and lives is funny how?

The curious case of New London Architecture

We had only come across New London Architecture (NLA) a week or so ago, when we spotted this. As none of the local residents fighting the 'regenerations' can afford to part with £360 for the privilege of listening to our glorious leader and/or walking around our council estates and our spaces, we contacted NLA, who claim they “bring the broadest group of people from all disciplines and communities together to share knowledge and debate the city’s unprecedented growth”, and asked for 30 free tickets for local residents, as they . NLA didn't even bother to reply. Considering that they were more than happy to co-sponsor the LREF 2016, it may well be because the people who live in Southwark are simply the 'wrong sort' of people/communities?

The LREF2016 continues today, when Southwark's glorious leader and possibly the Head of Regeneration Department are meant to be extolling the virtues of all those brownfield council estates hundreds of thousands of us live on which are just waiting to be demolished and rid of the poor.

You can see more photos on our facebook page here.

See also:

Peter Marshall's photos.

Fields of light photos

Norma Buddle's photos

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