Published: 6 January, 2016
• ISLINGTON Council development management service planning and development major application team has recently sought our opinion of the council’s own proposed development of the Triangle estate, in Compton Street (Reference P2016/4634/FUL).
The team writes: “Please note that we do not acknowledge receipt of representations.”
Such being the case, we prefer to let our views be known through the columns of your newspaper.
Briefly, the council proposes to demolish a chunk of the Triangle estate and construct “54 new dwellings (including 27 homes for social rent)”. The other 27 are therefore not for social rent. In other words they are designed for the upper-middle class.
For the past 50 years or so, working-class and lower-middle-class residential and workplace accommodation in Finsbury has been demolished and/or converted into upper middle class accommodation, either by the council or with its consent.
We now have a Corbynista council, with a Green opposition. Ordinary people are expecting something better. What little available land there remains in Finsbury needs to be handed back to the working class and lower-middle class.
Or are our councillors merely the face of officialdom?
FLORENCE AND IVOR KENNA
Compton Street, EC1