Robin Hood estate needs investments if they was to keep it
PUBLISHED: 13:22 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010
Dear Editor, THE families living in Poplar's Robin Hood Gardens estate are proud of the homes they have established over 40 years. There is a really good community spirit here. If it is decided to demolish the estate, they will accept it. But that will be only if demands are met, like investing in bringing it up to decent standards
THE families living in Poplar's Robin Hood Gardens estate are proud of the homes they have established and invested in over the past 40 years. There is a really good community spirit here.
If it is decided to demolish the estate, they will accept it (Advertiser, September 11) .
But that will be only if five demands are met:
. Given like-for-like property
. Right to return in like-for-like property when the estate is rebuilt
. Tenancy rights are retained in full
. To be consulted and involved in the design of the new estate
. GP service, community centre and mosque preserved for the area.
But they also accept the retention of the estate in its present design, if English Heritage lists it, only if the estate is not then left to continue to rot.
If Robin Hood Gardens is listed, as some very rich and famous architects want, we expect a campaign by these same preservationists alongside the families to get the multi-million pound investment the estate needs to bring it up to a decent living standard.
Many of the families intend making their views known to councillors at one of the rare full council meetings at the Town Hall in Mulberry-place, Blackwall, from 6pm on October 15.
Cllr Dulal Uddin (Respect)
Tower Hamlets Council