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Don’t give green light to take our green space, families urge

PUBLISHED: 11:48 23 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:28 05 October 2010

FAMILIES are getting ready to take on their landlords in London’s overcrowded East End who they claim want to swallow up the last bit of green space on their housing estates. They are fighting plans to build 180 homes in their back yard in Mile End

By Else Kvist

FAMILIES are getting ready to take on their landlords in London’s overcrowded East End who they claim want to swallow up the last bit of green space on their housing estates.

They are fighting plans to build 180 homes in their back yard on Mile End’s Eric and Treby estates.

The campaign comes to a head at Tower Hamlets council on Thursday evening (June 25) when the development committee decides whether to give East End Homes the green light to build on the green space.

BULLDOZE

Two to seven-storey buildings are on the drawing board to be added to the estates while older parts would be refurbished and some areas of the main Burdett Road would be bulldozed.

But the families spoke out against the plans at a public meeting at Mile End’s East London Tabernacle.

Organiser Lene Milaa, 44, said afterwards: “They’re trying to justify taking away the open space by putting in a children’s play area.

“But the high-rise buildings on our open space right out to the payments will feel claustrophobic.”

The development committee meets Thursday at the Town Hall in Mulberry Place, Blackwall, at 7.30pm—with objections to reach the council by noon that day.


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