Tag: community

The 25-year environment plan score card

Text by Paul de Zylva, Friends of the Earth. Reprinted with permission from FOE, www.friendsoftheearth.uk Theresa May’s original speech can be found on the gov.uk website under Prime Minister’s Speech on the Environment 11 January 2018. (www.gov.uk/government/speeches/) Here’s what we don’t like No legal underpinning: The government’s word is no guarantee. The plan must have legal…

Chicken Shops, Community Food Growers and the new London Plan

By Mama D In Chapter 6 of the London Plan draft, policy E9 proposed that new hot food takeaways with A5 licenses which “generally sell food that is high in calories, fat, salt and sugar, and low in fibre, fruit and vegetables” be denied planning permission “within 400 metres walking distance of an existing or…

Reclaim our Spaces: overcoming fragmentation in grassroots movements

Written by Santa Pedone of Reclaiming our Spaces It is well known how grassroots community organising often falls into fragmentation and in so doing it weakens the potential impact of any well thought-through campaign. It was from this awareness that the Reclaim Our Spaces (RoS) coalition, was initially born. On 25 June 2016 a number…

On Gentrification

Written by Leslie Barson of London Community Neighbourhood Co-Operative When thinking about movements concerned with land, food and housing in the early 21st century, the process of gentrification is central. It is a process that moves us away from a system whose policies and projects are based around the needs of people to one based…