Residents to march on Stratford in protest against Carpenters Estate plans

PUBLISHED: 11:55 21 March 2012

Stratford Carpenters Estate residents are unhappy at regeneration plans. Pic taken in March before a drop-in session held by the UCL

Stratford Carpenters Estate residents are unhappy at regeneration plans. Pic taken in March before a drop-in session held by the UCL


Carpenters Estate tenants are to march in Stratford town centre on Saturday in protest against council regeneration plans.

The unhappy residents want to highlight the difference between the ‘existing’ Stratford and the proposed ‘new’ town which they believe is being forced on them.

University College London (UCL) is exploring the possibility of building a campus on the estate and has recently held drop-in sessions on site.

Meanwhile, the BBC is expected to secure the top five floors of Lund Point and Dennison Point for broadcast during the Olympics.

Osita Madu, chairman of Carpenters Against Regeneration Plans (CARP), said members believe they have been ignored during these decisions.

He said: “We are not against regeneration, we are against the way they are carrying out the regeneration. We have been told 10 different things.

“We want to retain a community here, but there hasn’t been any communication with the council or the tenant management organisation (TMO). It’s frustrating.

“The theme of the march is around two Newhams, and the old one seems to have been forgotten. It’s the part that Sir Robin Wales would like to change.”

A UCL spokesman said it was committed to playing a full role with all those potentially affected by any possible proposal.

He said: “We are absolutely committed to developing our proposals following the announcement made in November, proposals with the potential to deliver lasting benefits to the people of Newham.

“We will be working up our ideas between now and the end of May and, if and when both parties agree on a way forward, will engage in a full consultation process with the whole community.”

The march will start at the Stratford Centre at around 3pm and will end at the Carpenters Estate, where members of CARP will meet at the Carpenters Arms pub.

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