Plum Tree Housing Co-operative. Turn empty properties to homes. Support Co-ops over property guardian companies.
Project Category: Co-Operative
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In Britain there is at least 600,000 empty properties. Imagine that majority of them could be turned into affordable temporary accommodation. And not to for profit big corporations, I am not talking about property guardians. They could be turned into short-life co-ops run by the local community members.
What’s the trick? Landlords will see more value in working with local groups than big corporations. We think the example should come from local authorities first. As Ms Berry said: ‘Councils should look at more creative uses for public buildings. Community and cultural organisations are crying out for short term spaces for their projects, and would happily take care of these buildings at no cost’.(1)
By signing this petition you can support creating a housing co-operative in Purley, Croydon. Twelve people already live in a Croydon Council owned property and they formed ‘Plum Tree Housing Co-operative’. They looked after this property for 4 years and all they ask is for the Croydon Council to stop favouring working with a guardian companies over their own local residents.
Imagine if this project is successful, how many more projects like this can benefit other local communities? Perhaps even your local community!
Especially now, in these unprecedented times we need new measures to meet forthcoming challenges. The society that emerges from the current crisis will need new, alternative ways to achieve recovery. With the economy as we knew it crumbling, the following quote from ‘Bringing Democracy Home’ sounds more relevant than ever. ‘Meeting the challenges of globalisation requires strong local communities, strong local leadership and strong local solutions’(2)
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Russell Hill Road, Purley, London, England