Simon Harvey writes,
Residents living in the St Mary's Path Estate are being consulted about the future of their homes. Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) has outlined a number of options, including the demolition and rebuilding of the estate's 103 homes. (Report: Islington Gazette).
Local people first learned about this in a meeting with ISHA in July 2017 and they later approached me for support. Understandably, they are anxious that they may soon have to leave their homes. It's not yet clear which of the options being considered would allow them to remain.
I know people who have lived on the estate for decades. Some inherited their tenancies from their parents and even grandparents. There is a flourishing community here and neighbours look out for each other. Almost all of the people that I have spoken with tell me that they want to remain.
Of course, buildings have a limited life but every step needs to be taken to ensure that our neighbours are fully involved and have the information that they need in order to make informed contributions to plans which may have life-changing consequences.
Some homes are affected by damp and it's good to know that the landlords are trying to make improvements which would resolve these problems. But the redevelopment option, which would see people moved out, raises fears of dramatic changes to the character of the area, as well as an uncertain future for the people affected.
I am deeply impressed by the way that the community is working together to share information and to support each other during this worrying consultation process. And I hope that the outcome will be the continued flourishing of an estate which contributes to the life of our parish and neighbourhood.