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We are delighted our ward will now have these vital homes built

26 February, 2021

Dixon Clark Court as bailiffs moved in this morning (Tuesday): ALISON GOSPER 

• AS Labour councillors for St Mary’s ward, which includes Dixon Clark Court, we were dismayed to read Green Cllr Caroline Russell’s misleading comments in the article (‘Tunnel’ dug by eco-activists at Highbury Corner protest site, February 9).

The Dixon Clark Court site is a vital part of the council’s plans to build the most council homes in the borough in a generation.

With 14,000 people on the council’s housing waiting list, homeless people and those living in severely overcrowded conditions are relying on this development and others across the borough to have access to a safe, secure place to call home.

We all know the danger the climate emergency poses for our borough. That is why we have committed to creating a net zero carbon borough by 2030, plans for which we unveiled last year.

A key part of that commitment is greening our borough, including the 10-fold increase in trees these plans will bring.

We completely agree with Cllr Russell when she says that “both (trees and homes) are essential”. That’s why this Labour council is building genuinely affordable and council homes for people, while also increasing the amount of trees on the site and planting an extra 63 across the borough, comfortably exceeding current levels of CO2 absorption.

It is also a relief that Cllr Russell now supports building more council homes considering she hasn’t supported one council budget to actually deliver them in her time on the council.

It’s unsurprising that activists who mostly come from outside the borough are happy to delay the start date of this vital house-building work, but it’s deeply disappointing that an Islington councillor would support them in this, thereby wasting public money, delaying much-needed genuinely affordable and council homes and playing politics with people’s lives.

We are delighted that our ward will now have these vital homes built for local people, while increasing the greenery around Highbury Corner.

CLLR ANGELA PICKNELL
CLLR NURULLAH TURAN

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