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Housing blocks off Upper Street are spared bulldozer

‘Huge victory’ for residents at St Mary’s Path estate after two-year battle

20 September, 2019 — By Emily Finch

St Mary’s Path estate residents protesting against the proposed demolition

RESIDENTS living in an estate threatened with demolition have claimed a “huge victory” after learning that none of their homes would be razed.

People living in St Mary’s Path estate, off Upper Street, have faced a two-year battle with their housing association, Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA), who initially said that all of their homes could be bulldozed and rebuilt because of damp back.

This was later reduced to one block called St Mary’s House, which was considered for demolition to make way for a new development with family homes.

A group of residents spoke at the board meeting at ISHA’s headquarters in Blackstock Road on Tuesday to plead for the preservation of their homes.

And they found out on Wednesday that all forms of demolition are now fully off the table following their pleas.

A consultation survey revealed only a third of tenants backed the demolition plan for the estate.

“I’m so proud of all the residents for this,” said estate resident Georgia Hewitt.

“We were feeling pessimistic but ISHA have come out and done the right thing. So brilliant. There is such solidarity on our estate.”

Nico Christian, chair of the Tenants and Resident Association who spoke at ISHA’s board meeting, said: “It is a huge victory and a huge relief for all of us.”

In a letter to the TRA, ISHA chief executive Ruth Davison said: “There will be no demolition on the estate, and we will work with those of you who would like to be involved on investment plans.”

She said: “ISHA’s board has always been motivated by the desire to improve standards and meet the needs of residents on the estate.”

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