MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES BEING IGNORED ON ESTATES LAMBETH COUNCIL WANT TO DEMOLISH – AND SO ARE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES, CABINET TOLD – “It’s a game to you”
Helping people with mental health issues who face losing their homes on the six council estates Lambeth want to demolish has to be an absolute priority, Lambeth council’s cabinet was told at their meeting last night.
“There is no mention in these key guarantees of anything to do with people with mental health links” said Anne Cooper, a resident of Cressingham Gardens estate in Tulse Hill which is one of the six Lambeth council have decided to demolish.
Anne Cooper told the cabinet she was bipolar. “It’s extremely disabling. “Following the decision to regenerate Cressingham Gardens, for 12 months I had the most severe anxiety and depression that I have ever experienced in my life. “I’m not the only one on the estate. “There’s lots of low level anxiety.
“There is nothing I have heard today or in these documents* that reduces that uncertainty. “That has to be an absolute priority. “We talk about one in four people who experience mental health issues. “On other estates that could reduce to one in three, one in two.
“That’s what we’re facing. “People are being forced to make choices. “Why isn’t Lambeth’s head of wellbeing working with the regeneration team?” she asked.
Anne Cooper said a document needed to be created which showed what people with mental health issues are experiencing and what services are available.
“And if the council are not prepared to print this document and deliver it to every door – we will. “And we will make it absolutely clear you refused to do it and that we are doing it for our community.
“Our elected representatives don’t care enough about us to give us the support we need, the information we need.
“Someone mentioned earlier this process is about what Lambeth want. “It should be about what people need.
“We’ve made it clear we don’t want this. “If you’re not prepared to listen to that, listen to what we need.”
HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES – PEOPLE BEING “SYSTEMATICALLY DISPLACED”
The chairman of a tenants and residents association on another of the six estates Lambeth are demolishing highlighted comments by communities minister Sadiq Javid that demolition of estates would breach people’s human rights.
Mr Javid had made the comments about the Aylesbury estate in Southwark – a court hearing on which will take place in May.
Shemi Leira of the Westbury estate tenants and residents association said it was children and disproportionate minorities which would suffer.
“There appears to be no indication of addressing these issues.
“Over the last two and a half years residents of Lambeth have been at the receiving end of severe emotional distress as a result of this, which no family or human being should be put through.
“The record will show Lambeth is the most socially and racially unequal borough. “The activities of this programme undoubtedly add to that – being systematically displaced, dehumanised and exploited by a toxic combination of incompetence, indifference and self-interest.” (Applause).
Marian, a Cressingham resident, told cabinet members: “It’s a game to you – with few direct consequences on the lives of councillors or council officers.”
She accused Lambeth of creating more demographic changes so there was no like-for-like accommodation.
“What happens if my five-year-old autistic daughter refuses to move?
“Can you assure us she won’t be treated like the man who was a victim of a mental health order to get him out of his home?” she asked.
“The time is coming when Lambeth councillors will have to justify themselves to the electorate.”
Lambeth council’s Neil Vokes, assistant director housing regeneration, said the Southwark situation was very different from Lambeth. “We carefully reviewed the ruling on the Aylesbury decision when drafting the key guarantees for Lambeth, one that addresses some of the weaknesses in the Southwark case.
“Key guarantees have been benchmarked alongside other councils, other housing associations. “That report is publicly available.
“Lambeth are going above and beyond what is necessary” he declared.
Rachel Sharpe, Lambeth’s director of public health, said: “We take the point Anne Cooper made. “We’d be really happy to take that up with the directorate.””One of the advantages of going round talking to people is we don’t have enough information about people’s particular needs.”
Further reading: HIGH COURT JUDGMENT COULD WRECK LAMBETH’S ESTATES DEMOLITION PLANS – AND CROYDON’S ‘BRICK BY BRICK’ SCHEME FOR AUCKLAND RISE
January 06, 2017 News From Crystal Palace website
*reports presented at the meeting