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26 May 2021

Cladding anger builds - protest on 5 June

Three-quarters of cladding systems on new medium-rise buildings use combustible materials. Now residents trapped in fire-risk buildings are taking to the streets to protest outside the salerooms of builders

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5 May 2021

Bellway must pay! Make our homes safe!

On 1 May more than 60 residents of the Caspian Quarter gathered outside Bellway's Barking showrooms to protest about the property developer's failure to replace flammable balconies

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17 February 2021

Tory cladding money will not make us safe

Despite the horrific scenes at Grenfell almost four years ago, around 700,000 people in the UK are still living in buildings fitted with combustible cladding

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23 July 2020

Barking: Anger at landlord's inaction after park stabbing

On Saturday 18 July, residents of Barking Riverside estate in east London saw a young man lying prostrate at the back of Playhill park, on the estate, attended by ambulance paramedics.

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20 March 2020

'Worst crisis in housing since World War Two' - Barking Riverside inquiry into fire

A residents-led inquiry into the Samuel Garside house fire on the Barking Riverside estate in east London met for an interim review of its findings

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13 November 2019

Barking: protest brings pledge to remove dangerous decking

Following our protest last month, covered by BBC London news, estate residents have received a letter addressing the most prominent fire safety issue.

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30 October 2019

TV: The Accident - Will capitalism be exposed in upsetting, true-to-life drama?

There's a huge explosion on a building site. Children playing on the poorly guarded site are caught in the blast - dead, injured or trapped in an unsafe building that's collapsing.

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23 October 2019

Burnt-out Barking residents picket builders' sales day

Our protest outside the builder Bellway's sales event, at the Hilton Tower Bridge hotel next to City Hall in central London, was a huge success.

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11 September 2019

Another London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!

I woke up on 9 September to learn about the fire that happened at Worcester Park, south west London, exactly three months after the fire that took place in Samuel Garside House in Barking, the building where I live.

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31 July 2019

Barking: campaigning over housing safety

Following a shocking, preventable fire on its housing estate a few weeks ago, Barking Reach Residents' Association met to discuss the next steps of its campaign

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3 July 2019

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Socialist Party members play an important role - in some cases leading them - in local and national fightbacks against Tory austerity and in trade union strikes.

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3 July 2019

Angry Barking residents protest outside sales office

On Saturday 29 June property sales offices at Barking Riverside, London - the site of the recent horrendous fire that consumed 20 flats in just a few minutes - were closed due to a well-attended residents' and supporters' protest.

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26 June 2019

Angry Barking fire victims demand action from landlords and authorities

Around 30 flats were destroyed - only now are the combustible balconies at other flats being stripped away by the builders

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19 June 2019

Angry residents' meeting demands answers and action following fire

The fury poured out, demanding answers and action

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12 June 2019

Grenfell two years on - Still fighting for safety and justice

Two years ago, on 14 June 2017, 72 people perished in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London.

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10 June 2019

Fire tears through flats - cladding off now!

This blaze should never have happened. Grenfell was a stark warning that the drive for profit in the housing sector is putting people's lives at risk.

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22 May 2019

Pouring cold water on the Riverside estate

Barking Reach Residents Association was out conducting a survey of heating and hot water issues. As we walked into the pleasant grounds of Robert Lewis House on the Barking Riverside estate, east London,

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3 April 2019

NHS marches in Yorkshire and London

Campaigners and trade unionists came together to march through Leeds city centre and say that, despite the government's chronic paralysis over Brexit, the Tory plans to destroy our health service are still ongoing.

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26 September 2018

Residents push back Barking estate landlords

At a recent residents' meeting with the landlords of the Barking Riverside estate, they put a price on the major concessions we have wrung out of them in a bitter three-year campaign - 250,000.

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17 January 2018

Heating scandal on east London estate

The heating and hot water supply to 200 residents on the private Barking Riverside estate in east London was threatened by asset strippers in the middle of winter

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