Date: 28 July
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm
Where: Zoom, email email@example.com for the Zoom link
Topic: Project-specific meeting — updates on the Central Corridor network’s work collectively mapping an alternative to the Mayor’s Central Activities Zone (‘CAZ’)
Action items: (1) Help identify council and housing association housing in your borough; (2) share information about this meeting with other tenants (representatives) in your borough
What is the Central Corridor sub regional network?
LTF’s Central Corridor sub region covers Camden, City, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Wandsworth and Westminster (see map below).
Network meetings are an opportunity for tenants from across these boroughs to come together to discuss shared concerns and share knowledge, techniques and experiences. These meetings often have more have more a more specific geographic focus than our general or open meetings (for example, tenant reps can talk about issues around local/semi-local development or public/green spaces), but are a bit broader than LTF single issue meetings or your respective borough forums.
Who can attend?
While LTF encourages collective tenant organising—and actively encourages tenant representatives from TRAs or other inclusive tenant groups to attend these meetings—the sub regional network is also open to tenants who don’t have TRAs or tenants’ groups. We will, however, always encourage tenants to develop associations on their estates to build supportive and active communities. Have questions about whether you or others can attend? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a project-specific meeting?
At our last two meetings, tenant representatives from the Central Corridor discussed the the implications of living in boroughs that fall within the mayor’s ‘Central Activities Zone’, a demarcated area subject to its own Supplementary Planning Guidance. This designation celebrates Central London’s role as a centre of commerce/finance, governance, tourism and consumption; but not many of the lower income households and communities (including social housing tenants) who have long called this area, and the boroughs that it falls into, home.
Sarah, LTF’s Membership Development Worker, has been putting together an initial map, which shows where council housing and housing association housing is within and surrounding the CAZ. The network has spoken about coming together again this summer to take a look at the map and begin identifying community places (that meet the needs of social housing tenants and other lower income households we wanted to identify, as well as to fill in information about the housing estates that have been mapped (how many homes total, etc).
Why collective mapping?
Maps reveal existing priorities and biases of decision-makers. This collective mapping project can be used as evidence to highlight what the Mayor of London’s priorities should or could be to support those often excluded in the decision-making, and where greater investment is needed. A lot of investment, attention and planning is given to the CAZ, but many sections of the community who live within and bordering its boundaries are excluded from the benefits. It’s important to produce alternative knowledge that can be used as support for policies and interventions that better support impacted communities. We hope this collective mapping project can support work by LTF members and LTF networks on alternatives to existing development processes, and to the speculative and private-market focused investment that dominates them.
Where can I find this map?
This map is still being produced, but once this first stage is done, the map will directly viewable on our website. We will send out an update via email, and post the link to our home page.
(1) Please share any list you have of the council and housing association housing in your borough. This map is easily editable and will always be a ‘living document’ (constantly developing), so there is no deadline; however, it would be good to have as many on the map as possible before we meet in two weeks.
(2) Share information about this meeting with other tenants—and tenants’ representatives, in particular—who are from your borough or others within the sub region. Collectively mapping is most effective when there are as many contributors as possible.