Part 2 of The Great British Property Scandal shows tonight on Channel 4.  It really is a great way to use television, to highlight urgent social issues. It began last night and it featured some boarded up houses on the North Circular which are five minutes down the road and which I noticed about two years ago when I was taking a walk round the area. 

 

These houses have been empty for years but take note - they are on one of the main roads to the Olympic Stadium and so somehow the Mayor has found some money so they can be renovated and let out.

 

I really recommend anyone who is interested in homelessness whilst properties stand empty for years to watch this programme.   There's a chance to join and support a campaign that might just be gathering speed and going somewhere.  Oh, and weep whilst you see row upon row of lovely Victorian terraced houses boarded up. 

 

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Comment by Richard McKeever on December 8, 2011 at 11:00

There are a couple of fairly local locations identified in this series - a heartwarming episode featured a derelict flat above a shop in Turnpike Lane opposite Ducketts Common reclaimed as a smart new homes for a couple of young homeless men.

You can see the episode again on the Channel Four 4OD service.

The series is part of a wider campaign to use the huge number of empty homes across the country for those individuals and families living in insecure accomodation. Watch the campaign video here:

 

Comment by Kathleen Duffy on December 8, 2011 at 11:23

I was so pleased to see The Typewriter Shop in Turnpike Lane featured on last night's prog.  I've been in that shop a couple of times for ribbons  when the elderly gentleman used to run it.  He didn't seem to be doing any business due to the growth of computers, I guess.   He was a really nice man.  So it's lovely for him that his building has come alive again and brilliant for the two guys now living there.  

Comment by Adrian Essex on December 14, 2011 at 7:46

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