Andrew Boff to call for end to tower block tenancies
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
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Andrew Boff will call for an end to councils housing families in tower blocks at today's Housing and Regeneration Committee meeting.
The London Assembly Member will ask Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham and London Councils' executive head of housing, and other guests to confirm the long term costs of housing tenants in tower blocks.
Boff, housing spokesman for the Greater London Authority Conservatives, will also question the impact that tower blocks have on quality of life compared to low rise housing.
“In the 21st century, in a highly developed city such as London, it is nothing short of a scandal that some councils are still pushing families into tower blocks," said Boff.
He added: "Tower blocks fail to create strong communities, lead to isolation and a poor standard of living. Families with children need gardens and neighbours they can interact with. It is time for all London councils to commit to ending this practice once and for all.”
In January, the right wing think tank Policy Exchange published a report that recommended demolishing high-rise social housing and replacing it with streets of low-rise flats and terraced homes.
It claimed that a "wealth of evidence" proved high rise blocks lead to higher crime rates, weaker communities, and poorer health and educational outcomes for tenants.