At Mayor’s Question Time, Boris Johnson was asked what progress had been made in helping the New Era Estate tenants. Boris has been most unfairly slated in the press for “not helping” the tenants of New Era estate. The abuse on twitter has been dire, in variance with the truth. On the contrary, his aides have been quietly, but effectively working behind the scenes to resolve the matter.Three ladies from the New Era Estate started a movement to save the estate, for which they desrve all credit. All the demos by flamboyant comedian Russell Brand have had zero result, apart from removing the only developer with a heart, Richard Benyon, who was very upset about the plight of the tenants. He was viciously and dishonestly castigated by the demonstrators, as was our Mayor.
Boris explained to the London Assembly that his deputy, Rick Blakeway, has had meetings and conference calls with Westbrook, the developers, and also with the local MP and a member of Hackney council.
The aim is to sell on the Estate. Hopefully this will be to a social housing landlord, if this is at all possible, although this will be difficult to achieve.
As Boris told Labour Assembly member Tom Copley, in charge of housing for Labour, New Era Esate is an entirely exceptional case, a privately owned estate with rents way below market value, so finding a socal housing developer would be a long shot.
The latest news from the Guardian is that the estate is about to be sold to an affordable housing provider,
This is so typical of the present UK political scene. Hysterical, overly dramatic rhetoric from Labour, wild accusations, abuse, but no action. Zero rhetoric, but quietly effective action from the Tories, that is actually helping the victims.