At a meeting with Ebury Bridge Estate residents on Wednesday evening, Westminster Tory Leader Cllr Nickie Aiken told residents that the previous projects voted on by residents had failed as the plans were not deemed viable by developers.
Residents were concerned that after many years of failed promises by the Council that they were now starting from scratch, creating yet more uncertainty and stress for the community.
Residents in the Ebury Bridge Estate in south Westminster have already been waiting over 4 years for better housing after voting in favour of renewal plans in 2013 that would replace ageing buildings, and provide 101 additional much needed homes.
Previous questioning from Labour Councillors has revealed that an eye-watering £29 million has been spent acquiring properties on the Ebury Bridge Estate regeneration scheme before a brick has even been laid. The flats bought by the Council are now empty and boarded up with Sitex security doors.
Churchill ward Councillor Jason Williams said:
“It is not acceptable for the Council to reject a second referendum, especially after holding an initial vote on the failed scheme. The whole project has been marked by poor communication with meetings cancelled and updates failing to appear. The Council’s poor handling of this project has seen residents who have lived on the estate for decades having to move out while others have had to put up with uncertainty about their homes for over 4 years.”
“We are talking about people’s homes and lives and it is not acceptable for the Council to simply write off their past failures. Lessons must be learnt at the highest levels of the Council.”