On 18 July I visited Ladderswood Way estate in New Southgate – 5 minutes’ walk from Arnos Grove Underground, in North London.
I went there because I had heard, after working a day at Garfield Children’s Centre that the estate was pretty much empty and some units were ready for demolition. I decided to take a look around the area with a camera operator, Simon Fisher, who filmed and edited the short film.
The squatter speaking to us is Richard, we bumped into him and the squatter community there as we filmed the area – Richard and the rest have been squatting in an unused warehouse for nearly 2 and a half months.
In the following short film, Richard explains the situation:
Spreading the message:
Phil is involved in a ‘NO to demolitions YES to improvements’ campaign in Haringey, Tottenham. He intends to show the film to tenants and residents he’s speaking with who face losing their home due to the huge ‘regeneration’ project beginning in North Tottenham.
What Enfield council should be doing is responding to the cost of living crisis:
The council should halt their plans to ‘regenerate’ the area in this negative way (demolishing genuinely affordable homes) and rehouse the homeless and low paid, as well as building new social housing to challenge the private rented sector.
For more information about the regeneration of Ladderswood Way estate: