Around 75 people living in London’s Brixton area have been faced with eviction from their homes due to the development of private housing, only affordable for the rich.
A letter to alternative media activists on the Indymedia UK website, explained that 75 people including families that are living in six blocks of flats in Brixton, face exile from their homes on July 15.
It added that the Lambeth Council is pushing to develop private housing “only affordable for the ultra rich”. The corporate client, Foxton’s, aims to charge people in the buildings at least £2000 a week or they will sell the apartments for £500,000.
The letter also explains that Central Brixton is set to be gentrified, forcing tenants out while the current locals have lived in the properties, often for decades.
In an attempt to counter gentrification, the Brixton locals have organized a demonstration on Saturday 6 July.
Earlier last month, anti-eviction campaigners protested against the british government, demanding the protection of families in the impoverished East London borough from eviction if they are forced into rent arrears due to benefit cuts.