Saturday 30 January / 12 midday / Spiller's Mill, Mill Park, Cambridge CB1 2FN
Our friends in Cambridge Unite Community will hold a picket on Saturday outside Spiller's Mill. The historic industrial building was destroyed by fire in 2010 and rebuilt as a block of nineteen luxury flats, all of which have now been bought by the Howard Group for an undisclosed price that the Cambridge News places around £11m.* The picket is part of Unite Community's tireless campaign for affordable housing in our city, following its widely-noticed march in November (see the Guardian article by Jessica Labhart). These latest luxury flats, which the News reports 'are not going to be marketed locally', symbolize the distortion of the Cambridge market.
The union's secretary, James Youd, told the News:
If 2016 is not going to be another year of spiralling profits for investors, while a majority are forced into smaller, more expensive housing further out, we need the government to give the council the power to borrow to invest in new council homes, impose rent controls, and bring back affordable housing quotas in development.
We're invited to join the Facebook event.
* 'Cambridge investment firm Howard Group buys all 19 flats at flagship Spiller's Mill building on CB1', Cambridge News, 4 January 2016.