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Council rubber-stamps demolition of Robin Hood Gardens

PUBLISHED: 18:31 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

PROPOSALS to demolish Robin Hood Gardens were reaffirmed at a cabinet meeting of Tower Hamlets council last Wednesday. Despite being called in by a group of Respect councillors at the Overview and scrutiny meeting last Tuesday, the La

By Michael Parker

PROPOSALS to demolish Robin Hood Gardens were reaffirmed at a cabinet meeting of Tower Hamlets council last Wednesday.

Despite being 'called in' by a group of Respect councillors at the Overview and scrutiny meeting last Tuesday, the Labour group cabinet decided to press ahead for the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme, including Robin Hood Gardens.

But any moves to demolish the two 1970s seven and ten-storey blocks could still be halted if the government's culture minister and English Heritage decide to list the estate.

The council's strategic plan released in February contains three options that would deck over and build upon either none, some of, or a larger section of the dual-carriageway Blackwall Tunnel Approach underpass.

By increasing the area available for a housing association to build new homes, the council believes it would be able to get its hands on more cash to fun community facilities and improvements.

Robin Hood Gardens would be levelled and new houses, shops and walkways built in the area between Cotton Street, East India Dock Road, the Town Hall and Blackwall DLR station.

Those opposing the decision argue this would replace tenants' current secure council tenancies with assured tenancies with the housing association, and that the Town Hall has a responsibility to provide both secure tenancies and decent homes.

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