Responding to news of the Deputy Mayor’s u-turn on selling MOPAC homes at Raynesfield Park, London Assembly Labour Housing Spokesperson Tom Copley AM said:
“I really welcome the fact that these properties will be saved, it is a great victory for the residents who have campaigned so hard against the plans to sell off their homes. That said, the idea that Stephen Greenhalgh and his Conservative colleagues have benevolently intervened to stop the sale is as laughable as it is disingenuous, after all this was his plan in the first place.
“Since March we have been calling for the sale to be abandoned, yet Stephen Greenhalgh and the Mayor have refused at every turn. That has meant the families living in Raynesfield Park have faced over half a year of anxiety and uncertainty about their future.
“The Deputy Mayor trying to claim credit for this decision, when it is clear that he was forced into the u-turn by massive public pressure, really scrapes the barrel. Stephen Greenhalgh should be ashamed that he thought evicting tenants and selling off more affordable housing was an acceptable idea in the first place.”