In her weekly 'working for Walthamstow' newsletter this week Stella Creasy mp writes:
"On Wednesday 20th April at approximately 7.20 pm I have secured a parliamentary debate on the future of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow in the main parliamentary chamber. This is an opportunity for us to request the Government assist our community in challenging the conduct of the charity Glasspools, the bank Natwest and the development company Butterfields E17 Ltd in how they have treated the 63 families who live on this estate at present.
"I have been working with the residents of this estate for several months now, following the decision of Glasspools - a charity with a charitable purpose to prevent destitution- to sell all the properties to a private developer in an attempt to make money out of London's overheated housing market. This deal was financed by the Natwest Bank and overseen by the Charity Commission, so it raises a number of questions about their conduct. I will be asking the Government to help us address these, as we seek to try to help those residents currently facing eviction from their family homes by the developer who wishes to sell on their homes. You can view this debate on the parliamentary TV which will follow the main business of the house.
"You can read more about some of the work going on to challenge the conduct of these organisations here - at present the key priority is that all residents have legal representation, as it is clear that the company who have bought the estate are seeking to undermine their rights as tenants as they try to empty the estate for a quick sale. To help fund their legal costs and the protection proper representation will offer these families there is a fundraising evening at the Rose and Crown for the Butterfields Won't Budge campaign onThursday 21st April with Geoff Boyz, Susan Murray, Pam Ford, Maureen Younger and MC David Alfie Ward. To purchase tickets for the comedy night please click here."