(both updates via the excellent Senscot weekly briefing)
When the Community Empowerment Act extended the right to buy to all of Scotland – there was an optimism about what this could mean for communities in our cities. However, news this week that the community buy-out of Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital has been thwarted is a further dent to this optimism – and not the first example of this in the city. Once again property developers have won the day. Questions need to be asked about whether or not the Act – in urban areas – has bitten off more than it can chew.
More info at http://www.scottishcommunityalliance.net/articles/2619/
Andy Wightman, Scotland’s intrepid land reform campaigner, claims in a report published this week that there are almost 4000 derelict sites in Scotland; the Scottish Greens want to give local councils the power to tax them – a ‘vacant site levy’. According to their research, 70% of this land is suitable for development – and taxing it would generate £200m a year to build affordable homes. In Jan 2016, the Greens tried to amend the land reform bill to tax vacant land – but the SNP rejected it. The worsening shortage of affordable housing suggests that this report will get some serious consideration.
Saturday 11th November @ Graceworks, Leicester
(Wycliffe URC, The Common, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6EA)
10.00am – Land for What?
An introduction to land as a common ground social justice issue
11.45am – Biscuits and tea
12.00am – Understanding the housing crisis in song and pie charts
1.00pm – Shared pot-luck lunch
(Bring a dish if you can… there will be plenty of food provided if you can’t)
2.00pm – Land Justice Network meeting (2-3 hrs)
Agenda to be participatory agendered soon
Please reserve your place here –
There is the possibility of a minibus coming up from Brighton via London. Please email landjusticeUK@gmail.com if you are interested, letting us know whether you’d prefer to go up Friday evening or Saturday morning.
Also worth dropping us a line if you can offer a car share or need assistance with travel costs (we have some budget to support expenses).
There’s a Three Acres And A Cow show at the same venue on the evening before if you fancy – https://threeacresandacow.co.uk/leicester-show – Friday 10th November.
This group will (amongst other things) write and campaign for a People’s Land Reform Act; making our voices heard inside the parliamentary system.
This working group is researching and planning direct action and land occupations to highlight key issues and raise awareness of the network.
This group is concerned with finding out who owns land and putting pressure on the Land Registry to become fully transparent with its data.
On May 3rd, 1978, construction workers in San Francisco were digging a foundation for a new building on Sansome Street, right next to the Transamerica Pyramid in the heart of the financial district. About 20 feet below street-level their shovels hit something totally unexpected. It was the hull of an old boat.
This podcast is about manufacturing land.
Network member the New Putney Debates have put together a fine line up to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest.
They kick off with an event this Sunday 17th September which involves a boat trip from London out to Runnymede with more amazing speakers and contributors than you can shake a stick at:
Continue reading Celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest
Workshop One: Land taxation to benefit the many, not the few
This will run from 13:00 – 16:30 at UCL on Saturday 16th September 2017
(University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT)
Please sign up here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/towards-a-land-reform-bill-land-taxation-to-benefit-the-many-not-the-few-tickets-37268716735
Continue reading Towards a Land Reform Bill workshop