Keith Parkins | 23.06.2008 15:02 | Social Struggles
Firgrove Court awaiting demolition
cut down trees
A couple of weeks, hoarding started to be erected around the estate, giving the impression that all the tenants had finally been forced out of their homes and demolition was about to begin. Demolition of some of the garages had already taken place a couple of months ago.
It came as some surprise therefore to learn that half a dozen tenants were still there. An even bigger surprise to the demolition crew who had been led to believe all the tenants had moved out.
The last tenants are expected to be gone by early July, the demolition to start mid-July.
Some of the maisonettes have been occupied by squatters, and it is possible that some may still be occupied by squatters. In many ways an ideal squat, little more than five minutes walk from Farnborough Station, 30 minutes from Waterloo Station by fast train.
The estate is owned by Pavilion, now part of First Wessex.
The tenants have been treated in an appalling manner by Pavilion. Apart from the fact that they are being kicked out of their homes, their homes have been kept in an appalling state of repair to force them out.
As one elderly tenant said, she could understand if they were being forced out of their homes for a hospital, but for a car park!
Many of the maisonettes have lain empty for years, their kitchens and bathrooms trashed by Pavilion to render them uninhabitable.
Adjoining the site is the derelict Tumbledown Dick (an old coaching inn), offering further development potential.
Having got away with it at Firgrove Court, Pavilion are now reevaluating their entire property portfolio to see what other property can be levelled to the ground, their tenants kicked out, the land sold off as at Firgrove Court, or the land redeveloped with houses for sale.
That Pavilion have got away with this at all, is thanks in no small measure to their cronies at the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor.
This is not something unique to Pavilion or First Wessex, it is happening across the country. It is happening in Wales, in Crewe and as Mike Lane has shown in his excellent documentary The Regeneration Game (available on DVD) whole swathes of housing is being demolished in Liverpool to make way for development.
Developers and housing associations profit at the expense of people who lose their homes
reference and background
Keith Parkins, Redevelopment of Farnborough town centre, Indymedia UK, 9 April 2008
Keith Parkins, Pavilion the new slum landlords, Indymedia UK, 9 April 2008
Keith Parkins, Pavilion asbestos scandal, Indymedia UK, 14 April 2008
Keith Parkins, Pavilion gets greedy, Indymedia UK, 15 April 2008
Keith Parkins, Pavilion threaten critics, Indymedia UK, 16 April 2008
Keith Parkins, Farnborough town centre in its final death throes, Indymedia UK, 21 April 2008
Keith Parkins, The Tumbledown Dick, Indymedia UK, 24 April 2008
Keith Parkins, Housing association police state, Indymedia UK, 16 June 2008
Keith Parkins, More shops to close in Farnborough town centre Indymedia UK, 23 June 2008