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Tennants of Kidbrooke Ferrier estate to receive possession orders
REMAINING tenants on the Ferrier estate will be hit with possession orders this month.
The Kidbrooke estate is due to be emptied by October under a £1bn scheme by developer Berkeley Homes and Greenwich Council to demolish and rebuild it.
Around 150 tenants will receive orders seeking possession which give 28 days notice, after which people could be taken to court if they have not accepted a suitable housing offer from the council.
Nick Russell from the Ferrier Residents Action Group says the council wants to clear out areas which are overlooked by newly-built flats in the City Point part of the development.
He said: “They’re keen to hurry people out of an area on the south west and south east of the estate.
“Currently those flats are overlooking the concrete buildings and the developer doesn’t like that.”
And he claims many tenants will now feel compelled to take unsuitable offers to avoid court action.
Mr Russell said: “People are going to be intimidated. It’s the same old bullying tactic really.
“They’re going to be more willing to accept homes that may not be suitable.
“Most tenants are simply not equipped to stand up to a barrister.”
The news comes as signs went up around the estate marketing it as Kidbrooke Village and promising “an exciting new sustainable London community where you can live the life you've always wanted.”
Meanwhile, Court cases begun by Greenwich Council last year to meet a £21m government funding deadline ended last week.
The council took 31 residents to court so it could clear out the Gallus Square area, ready for demolition.
David Bowie, 47, who cares for his disabled 33-year-old stepson, was the final tenant in court.
He said afterwards that he had no option but to accept an unsuitable offer from the council.
Mr Bowie said: “It’s disgusting, absolutely disgusting.
“I’ve been a tenant for quite a long time but it seems as if the council are trying to get rid of people any which way they can.”
Mr Bowie now plans to sue over the condition of his old property.
A spokesman for Greenwich Council said: "We commenced our rehousing programme in July 2004 following the Secretary of State's consent to the demolition of the Ferrier estate as part of the Kidbrooke redevelopment area.
“This is one of the largest housing-focussed regeneration programmes in Europe, which will see the creation of a brand new, sustainable and vibrant community eventually growing to include 4,000 new homes, a new transport interchange and 8 hectares of new public open space.”