London rapper Potent Whisper releases ‘Estate of War’, a new Spoken Word piece exploring Estate Regeneration.
The video was filmed on Cressingham Gardens Estate, one of seven housing estates currently facing demolition in Lambeth.
In an interview with Inside Housing magazine, BRIT School graduate Potent Whisper spoke on Lambeth Council’s treatment of residents:
“Lambeth Council plans to demolish this community of 300 families and households because it claims it cannot afford new roofs, kitchens and bathrooms — despite having collected 40 years’ worth of rent and receiving more than £100m from the Decent Homes Standard fund. The council claim that everyone will have the opportunity to stay if they want to, but this really is an empty statement. Quite simply, Lambeth has no idea how many people would be able to return because it hasn’t done the research. The reality is that hundreds of people will be made homeless, become displaced or forced into poverty, directly as a result of the council’s actions. This is becomingly increasingly common on estates across London and resistance is growing stronger every day. People simply wish to remain in the homes that they love, the homes in which they have raised their families, alongside their neighbours who are in many cases their support system or lifeline”.
Estate of War was produced by Jaya Klara Brekke and Ross Domoney, creator of the award winning film ‘Uprooted’ — a thirty minute documentary following residents in their final days before estate demolition.
If your estate is at threat of regeneration, we would strongly recommend joining ASH’s Facebook group for support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40849…
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