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Young people ‘pushed out of Islington’

Protest over housing association's plan to sell £1m property

07 February, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Campaigner Valerie Bossman-Quarshie, far right, with other protesters outside the property on Monday

A PROTEST was held outside a property which is set to be sold off by a housing association.

Housing activists returned to Tollington Road, Holloway, on Monday to call on Clarion Housing Group to halt its sale of a three-storey property valued at about £1million.

Clarion had put it on the market last year but it was pulled after Erik Sanfilippo, 23, was found dead in a bin outside. It is now back on the market.

Campaigner Valerie Bossman-Quarshie said: “People might think it is excessive that we are making so much noise about one property but this is about the right for people to have a home. Young people, working-class people, who have grown up in Islington are being pushed out of the borough as council homes are sold off. This cannot be swept under the carpet.”

Andy Bain, of the Islington Homes for All group, said: “It’s three flats that three desperate families in Islington could live in. We want Clarion and other housing associations to remember their social responsibility. And if we stop this sale, it could stop others from trying the same.”

A spokeswoman for Clarion said: “We constantly review how we support people with the greatest housing need. Our options appraisal concluded that the property would require very significant investment to be brought up to our standards and then re-let as a social tenancy.

“As a result, we decided that selling was the responsible approach. Crucially, the revenue we will receive from the sale will be invested into our existing stock and building new affordable homes.”

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