Laura McAlpine calls on London Boroughs to stop using former offices in Harlow to house people

LAURA McAlpine, Harlow’s parliamentary candidate, met with residents in Terminus House this week to discuss housing conditions in the building and listen to the stories of residents.

This comes after the Children’s Commissioner’s report, which highlighted Harlow as a ‘hotbed’ for families being temporarily housed in old office blocks and growing concerns about fire safety after one broke out on the 14th floor last month.

Laura McAlpine said after the meeting: “Talking to residents in Terminus House today has re-affirmed my conviction to campaign to stop housing of this nature. These matchbox houses in office blocks are not a home. They are completely unfit for purpose.”

“I spoke to a woman who told me about her neighbour who lives with her three sons. During the day, they are forced to move their mattresses into the corridor due to a complete lack of space. That is unacceptable in Britain in 2019.”

“Terminus House is just one of many examples of former office blocks being used as temporary housing in Harlow.”

“Reversing Tory legislation that allows for these matchbox houses will be central to my General Election campaign.”

“But, these families need action now.”

“This is why I am calling on London Borough councils to stop housing any further people in these blocks in Harlow and to rehouse those already living in them, as soon as possible. I will be working alongside Mark Ingall, our council leader, to that end.”

“This issue is one that comes up on the doorstep time and time again, as people in Harlow worry both for the residents in these blocks and those from Harlow waiting for a home, who are not helped at all by the conversion of old offices.”

“This is why I, along with your Labour Councillors, are acting on this issue now, because it cannot wait for an election”

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4 Responses to "Laura McAlpine calls on London Boroughs to stop using former offices in Harlow to house people"

  1. MickyB77   September 14, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Absolutely pathetic. Back onto someone else’s coat tails again.

  2. tenpin   September 14, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Whilst everyone can agree that bad Tory Legislation is at the heart of this problem and that changes must be made to rectify the damage being caused to individual families and communities, Laura and the Harlow Labour Administration cannot get away with the fact that:

    1 Harlow Council could have applied for an Article 4 Direction as long ago as 2014, which may well of stopped many such conversions taking place.
    2 Harlow Council were offered to buy Terminus House and at least one other office block but chose not to use some of it’s £14 million reserves to buy them and convert them into decent sized homes for Harlow families.
    3 Harlow Council have themselves used office conversions to house Harlow’s homeless families.
    4 It is mostly Labour controlled Council’s who are housing homeless families in areas away from where families originate from. A Freedom of Information Request of Harlow Council revealed that many of these Councils were not even telling Harlow Council that they were using these flats to house their homeless families.

    In the meantime I am afraid that neither Cllr Ingall or Laura will be able to do anything, but must use the time to think ahead about what these building could be used for if they are no longer used to provide homes for homeless families.

  3. MickyB77   September 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I do believe, tenpin, that this was discussed, according to people in the know,
    several years ago, but, in true, head in the sand style, the local commissars
    pooh-pooed the idea.
    Retrospectively,……………………………………………………..not a wise decision.
    Much deceit wafts around the halls of this group.
    To be continued.

  4. MickyB77   September 17, 2019 at 6:05 am

    To-days your harlow has the facts behind this opportunist wannabee’s
    reasons for popping up with, ” I’m working closely with ” ,set up.
    Poor attempt to try and raise her insignificant personality, after the recent
    criticism of her absence from all platforms.
    Same old Socialists, same old plots.

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