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Local forum discusses Westminster council buying up houses in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 19:22 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 07:19 19 February 2015

Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour Group

Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour Group

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Councillors also field questions from the public on education, housing and the London Mayoral election.

Westminster City Council’s purchase of houses in Redbridge was the main topic at the latest local forum, held at Wanstead Library, on Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, yesterday.

As the Recorder has revealed today, the Central London borough has been purchasing cheap housing in Redbridge to house its homeless.

Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Wes Streeting (Lab, Aldborough) described this as “the social cleansing of Central London and Westminster.”

Leader of the council, Cllr Jas Athwal (Lab, Mayfield) also spoke of the “Westminster problem” within the borough.

Also fielding questions, from a crowd of over 60 people, were leader of the opposition, Cllr Paul Canal (Con, Woodford Bridge), and director of environment and community services Simon Barry.

There was largely a consensus when it came to responding to residents’ issues.

Buy the Recorder today for the whole story on Westminster Council’s purchase of houses in Redbridge to house their homeless.


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