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The war of attrition goes on

15 July, 2021

Businesses are closing down in Queen’s Crescent

• THE next 10 days will mark another milestone in the council’s ongoing war of attrition against the residents of Gospel Oak.

Carlton school will close and the dedicated, long-serving, and highly skilled staff will be dispersed.

It is probable, also, that the Queen’s Crescent Community Association food bank will have to close, just as Covid-19 cases in the borough dramatically increase.

The council has now reimposed a crippling rent on QCCA premises. It will be necessary to hire them out to pay for this and displace the food bank.

In any case the road closures are making it extremely difficult to get and deliver food to food poverty residents.

In other secret news, five members of the council cabinet are reported to have visited Wendling to “persuade” residents to agree to its demolition.

The fact that there is a vast non-building site next door – Bacton Low Rise, which should have been completed, and some 40 tenants returned, some four years ago – will not have escaped residents’ notice, even if it seems to have that of Danny Beales, the regeneration supremo.

No such mass cabinet visitation to Queen’s Crescent though to ask customers and businesses about the impact of road closures. The picture above is, perhaps, that of the first example of a business closure.

Yes, and yet another firm of consultants has been employed “Street Space” to try and get “proof” that residents really support the proposals.

SS join the band of eight other consultants listed in my letter of July 8. It would be interesting to know just how much of the £2.1million awarded by the GLA for the regeneration of the crescent has now already been spent on these nine firms.

Again responses from councillors, cabinet or local, would be welcome, especially if I have got things wrong.

MICK FARRANT, NW5

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