Sue Vincent who sits on the management board of Seven Dials Housing Co-operative was instrumental in the eviction of a family from a home that had served them for 25 years. The family were told to leave when the last parent died and the property could not be passed on because of succession rules and there were many families in need of housing in Covent Garden.
Apparently Sue Vincent herself was one of those families in need of housing in Covent Garden because is was she and her daughter who moved into the house on an undetermined date. Mrs Vincent’s daughter attends the City of London School for Girls which costs the family £14,000 a year in fees and while it is laudable that parents will want the best for their children it is not quite clear how the Vincent family are “in need of housing in Covent Garden” – especially when that housing comes at the expense of others who were in occupation, as a family, for the past 25 years.
Although Sue Vincent says she has “nothing to to with the allocation” of housing, clearly her needs were considered above the needs of many, many others on the housing list. Although as a former deputy leader and lead cabinet member for community engagement for the People’s Republic of Camden and has been a friend of Seven Dials in giving evidence at a planning enquiry she is obviously well appointed.
One thing is sure, that as a Director of Dragon Hall, an urban oasis for diversionary youth activities in Covent Garden, Mrs Vincent is going to find living in Covent Garden extremely convenient.
UDL is one of those companies that work closely with local councils and offer services in such a way that they comply with the directives and dictates of the council. What they actually achieve is hard to gauge but the write-up on their web pages is akin to those obscure adverts where you can never quite work out what they are selling.
It is unlikely that UDL sell anything of interest to anyone other than councils, councillors and other quango-minded organisations that like to spend tax payers money unnecessarily on workshops for “Design Surgery”, “Streetscape Guidance”, “Valuing Urban Realm” and a lot more old tosh. There are close links with TfL with corporate networking being high on the agenda of workshops.
The introduction of terms such as ‘monetise’, ‘public realm’ and ‘toolkit’ are a clear sign that this non-profit organisation supported by subscriptions and grants is nothing but a quango attempting to give legitimacy to the training methodologies adopted by councils and urban planners through participation in workshops offering participants a well-rounded understanding how capturing user benefits such as deceased (their word) litter and dog-poo free streets, general increased cleanliness and safety and then capturing the benefits of increased rental and property sale values can be used as evidence to attract the required funding, in an increasingly competitive market.
In other words government funded quangos are showing councillors how to increase property prices by eliminating undesirable elements which obviously includes the eviction of tenants of long-standing from homes in desirable locations around London – New World Order anyone?