Developer Protests – Saturday 12th June 2021

Another weekend, another day for protesting against the #BuildingSafetyCrisis!!!

This week, campaign groups projected a video onto Parliament to highlight this injustice. Please share and help raise awareness.

PROTEST GUIDANCE

  • Bring your own placard if you like! Feel free to use our logos and resources
  • Email us on info@buildingsafetycrisis.org, Tweet @BuildSafeCrisis with images, videos and any speeches, and share posts, articles and Tweets online – every share increases our reach
  • Bring friends and family and encourage them to attend other locations
  • The government, developers and freeholders have all turned their backs on us – Let’s make sure they understand we will not be ignored any longer!

COVID GUIDANCE

  • Stay at home and get a test if you have any coronavirus symptoms (high temperature; a new, continuous cough; loss/change of smell or taste)
  • Bring a face mask and hand sanitiser
  • Keep socially distanced (2m)
  • Don’t chant or shout directly at others, and wear a face mask where appropriate
  • Walk or cycle to a protest if you can. If travelling by public transport, wear a mask and avoid busy times/routes if possible. If travelling by car/private transport only six people or two households can travel together.

CHELMSFORD NOVELLO – BELLWAY

Chelmsford – Video

DEVELOPER PROTESTS – 5TH JUNE 2021

PLEASE SEND US YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ALONG WITH YOUR PROTEST LOCATION!

IT’S PROTEST DAY!

We are looking forward to today’s protest, and want to create more visibility, so we will be uploading images and videos to the website. We would like to have as many images of all the protests around the country today. Please send them to our email info@buildingsafetycrisis.org .

Today is the day! 

Leaseholders and supporters across the country will show developers and the government that we will not be silenced. This is our time to stand up and be heard! 

Let’s show all developers that they have to pay to fix our homes.

Join us today.. Its good weather .. let’s do this!

Protest locations can be found here

PROTEST GUIDANCE

  • Bring your own placard if you like! Feel free to use our logos and resources
  • Email us on info@buildingsafetycrisis.org, Tweet on https://twitter.com/BuildSafeCrisis @BuildSafeCrisis with images, videos and any speeches, and share posts, articles and Tweets online – every share increases our reach
  • Bring friends and family and encourage them to attend other locations
  • The government, developers and freeholders have all turned their backs on us – Let’s make sure they understand we will not be ignored any longer!

COVID GUIDANCE

  • Stay at home and get a test if you have any coronavirus symptoms (high temperature; a new, continuous cough; loss/change of smell or taste)
  • Bring a face mask and hand sanitiser
  • Keep socially distanced (2m)
  • Don’t chant or shout directly at others, and wear a face mask where appropriate
  • Walk or cycle to a protest if you can. If travelling by public transport, wear a mask and avoid busy times/routes if possible. If travelling by car/private transport only six people or two households can travel together.
Cardiff – Redrow video
Cardiff Video

Cardiff/Plasdwr – Redrow https://twitter.com/RedrowRipOff/status/1398959259409432577?s=20


Hayes – Ballymore https://twitter.com/Ballymorehell/status/1397130856188231681?s=20

https://www.hillingdonvision.com/post/residents-protest-against-escalating-surcharges-and-unsafe-cladding


Beckton Parkside – Bellway https://www.facebook.com/events/824156535201426/?active_tab=discussion


Greenwich – Bellway https://twitter.com/new_haddo/status/1397926789624733704?s=19


Ipswich – Taylor Wimpey https://twitter.com/ICladiators/status/1397271380798885891?s=20


Manchester Bellway video

Manchester – Bellway https://fb.me/e/4fykPBBFb


Manchester – Lendlease https://fb.me/e/2IXS4eqUK

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/thing-of-the-week-223/

https://twitter.com/HeartNWNews/status/1401174360073900034?s=20

https://twitter.com/BBCNWT/status/1401222839211077639?s=20

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/we-trapped-buildings-arent-safe-20749974

https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2021-06-05/desperate-leaseholders-stage-protests-over-cladding-dangers


East Ham, Newham – Barratt video
Newham video 2
Speaker Stephen Timms MP for Eastham
Speaker Stephen Timms MP for Eastham
Speaker Stephen Timms MP for Eastham
London Assembly member Unmesh Desai (City and East)

East Ham, Newham – Barratt https://www.facebook.com/events/2877597039169915/?ref=newsfeed

https://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/housing/end-our-cladding-scandal-targets-barratt-in-newham-8031696


Southend – Weston Homes video

Southend-on-Sea – Weston Homes https://twitter.com/MorelloQuarter/status/1399710416612335617?s=20

https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/19353523.basildon-homeowners-demand-pay-fire-safety-measures/


Stevenage https://fb.me/e/12vPd7VHq


Canary Wharf  – Ballymore https://twitter.com/Ballymorehell/status/1397206992436015116


Sheffield https://twitter.com/Sheff_CAG/status/1400078562175209473?s=20

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics/cladding-crisis-still-affecting-thousands-in-sheffield-four-years-after-grenfell-tower-fire-3260353

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/people-going-go-bankrupt-sheffield-20749440


Chipping Barnet – Countryside https://twitter.com/ActionCladding/status/1395069619900190725?s=20


Birmingham https://twitter.com/BrumLag/status/1397134433988358144?s=20

https://twitter.com/HeartMidsNews/status/1401076819554615300?s=20


Robb Johnson – In the memory & name of Grenfell Tower
https://www.robbjohnson.co.uk/

Brighton – Barratt https://twitter.com/SaveOurHomesBN1/status/1399482360119402498?fbclid=IwAR3YM4kw6HSFhhnTHQRb0nUbyNhRIsIsqGPG5FMuUuYEXHSaYtZ-TZCtSns




BBC London News 05 June 2021

See other media reports

https://www.bigissue.com/latest/leaseholders-to-hold-cladding-crisis-protests-around-the-uk-this-weekend/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dont-buy-in-britain-cladding-victims-tell-foreign-investors-3n9trclbf

https://youtu.be/xtvJtCjrT-s

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/flat-owners-demand-urgent-action-24257629

Joint Letter from Industry Professionals to Dr Liam Fox MP

As Industry professionals who see the impact of the Building Safety Crisis on Leaseholders and their families, we have put forward the following letter to send to Dr Fox in the hope of him tabling the “Polluter Pays” Bill and releasing all affected from their trap.

Please sign the letter using the link – https://forms.gle/ZpcRadpeQ73eA7h26

Letter below:

www.buildingsafetycrisis.org

Don’t know your constituency or MP? Don’t worry – use this to find out https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP

22nd May 2021

Dear Dr Fox,

DEFECTIVE PREMISES (LIABILITY) BILL- “POLLUTER PAYS”
We write to you to request your help in entering a private member’s bill using your position 4 in the ballot.
As professionals affected by the Building Safety Crisis, we are hearing from those living in homes that are unsafe, stuck and unable to move on, facing life-changing bills and potential bankruptcy. Our mental health, including that of our children, is severely impacted. This mental health crisis has resulted in two unfortunate suicides of which we are aware.
During the Fire Safety Bill debates, you hoped your amendment would be allowed a vote, because it targeted the appropriate responsible persons to make the safety issues right. We agree. Your amendment is well written and would target most problems that many leaseholders face. Many people are already receiving eye-watering bills and being pushed to bankruptcy through no fault of their own.
We may not all be residents of your constituency, but we would urge you to use your position to introduce the RAQ residents led bill to protect all leaseholders from this injustice.

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE “POLLUTER PAYS” BILL
A bill to impose and apportion liability for remediation and related costs in respect of certain buildings built in breach of building regulations; and for connected purposes.

  1. MHCLG stated £15 Billion is required for the remediation of external wall systems. However only £5 billion is on the table. The developers are trying to CAP their liability at £2 billion over the next ten years.
  2. There is clearly a shortfall between the money coming in from the developers/tax payer/leaseholders and the £15 Billion estimated total cost. The Polluter Pays Bill aims to get more money in from a wider pool of responsible parties to avoid leaseholder loans/tax payer funds being used. It also means if the costs go up, there will be more money on the table to deal with the increase.
  3. The Bill uses the same approach as in place for the handling of Contaminated Land to a) Determine if a building broke building regulations in force at the time of construction b) Apportion liability to those responsible.
  4. Public funds can then be used for buildings where no responsible parties can be found and where buildings were compliant but deemed unsafe now because regulations changed.
  5. With more money on the table from outside the treasury, we hope to push the government to act to resolve the building safety crisis without the need for leaseholder loans and to remove the worry and danger from people’s lives. We hope with a substantial redress solution in place, government will take on the costs of the non-cladding remediation and the waking watch/insurance increases as well as the cladding costs and recover from those responsible.
  6. The Private Members Bill concept won the backing of 14 backbench MPs and was tabled in the House of Lords by the Bishop of Manchester supported by the Bishops of Kensington, London and St Albans along with the Earl of Lytton ( a peer and a chartered surveyor). It will also be drafted by parliamentary counsel to ensure the government could take over the bill if it chose to.

Please see Figure 1 to see how this bill works.

A website regarding the building safety crisis is currently under development at https://www.buildingsafetycrisis.org. This is a point of contact we would like to use in support of the “Polluter Pays” bill, should you decide to put it forward, and we hope you will be able to write something about the bill for this site.

Yours sincerely,
Professionals of the Building Safety Crisis

PRIVACY POLICY
What we collect: The only personal information we collect is your name, we use this explicitly for the purpose of the open letter.
What we do with the information we gather: We are working with key figures to generate an open letter for bill support.
Information retention: We will retain this data until the Building Safety Crisis is resolved or 6 years (whichever is longer) unless notified otherwise. If the campaign lasts for more than 6 years, and we have your contact details, we will contact you for your consent for further retention.
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Data removal: Email us at info@buildingsafetycrisis.org with the name, constituency and MP that you wish to delete data for and we will remove your survey answer. Note that once the open letter is built details cannot be removed.

Joint Letter to Dr Liam Fox MP

We are Leaseholders and Friends/Family affected by the Building Safety Crisis.

This article has been updated on the 16th of June 2021. Dr Fox chose a different bill as his Private Member Bill. The campaign continues unabated though and you can find up to date information here: https://buildingsafetycrisis.org/polluter-pays-in-the-building-safety-bill/

The residents from the Royal Artillery Quays explain the bill. Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/raqresidents

If you’re a Leaseholder or a Friend/Family of those impacted please sign this letter to Dr Fox to ask him to table the Polluters Pay bill.

https://t.co/bCdK6CGxJQ

Dear Dr Fox,

DEFECTIVE PREMISES (LIABILITY) BILL- “POLLUTER PAYS”
We write to you to request your help in entering a private member’s bill using your position 4 in the ballot.
As residents affected by the Building Safety Crisis, we are living in homes that are unsafe, stuck and unable to move on, facing life-changing bills and potential bankruptcy. Our mental health, including that of our children, is severely impacted. This mental health crisis has resulted in two unfortunate suicides of which we are aware.
During the Fire Safety Bill debates, you hoped your amendment would be allowed a vote, because it targeted the appropriate responsible persons to make the safety issues right. We agree. Your amendment is well written and would target most problems that many leaseholders face. Many people are already receiving eye-watering bills and being pushed to bankruptcy through no fault of their own.
We may not all be residents of your constituency, but we would urge you to use your position to introduce the RAQ residents led bill to protect all leaseholders from this injustice.

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE “POLLUTER PAYS” BILL
A bill to impose and apportion liability for remediation and related costs in respect of certain buildings built in breach of building regulations; and for connected purposes.

  1. MHCLG stated £15 Billion is required for the remediation of external wall systems. However only £5 billion is on the table. The developers are trying to CAP their liability at £2 billion over the next ten years.
  2. There is clearly a shortfall between the money coming in from the developers/tax payer/leaseholders and the £15 Billion estimated total cost. The Polluter Pays Bill aims to get more money in from a wider pool of responsible parties to avoid leaseholder loans/tax payer funds being used. It also means if the costs go up, there will be more money on the table to deal with the increase.
  3. The Bill uses the same approach as in place for the handling of Contaminated Land to a) Determine if a building broke building regulations in force at the time of construction b) Apportion liability to those responsible.
  4. Public funds can then be used for buildings where no responsible parties can be found and where buildings were compliant but deemed unsafe now because regulations changed.
  5. With more money on the table from outside the treasury, we hope to push the government to act to resolve the building safety crisis without the need for leaseholder loans and to remove the worry and danger from people’s lives. We hope with a substantial redress solution in place, government will take on the costs of the non-cladding remediation and the waking watch/insurance increases as well as the cladding costs and recover from those responsible.
  6. The Private Members Bill concept won the backing of 14 backbench MPs and was tabled in the House of Lords by the Bishop of Manchester supported by the Bishops of Kensington, London and St Albans along with the Earl of Lytton ( a peer and a chartered surveyor). It will also be drafted by parliamentary counsel to ensure the government could take over the bill if it chose to.

Please see Figure 1 to see how this bill works.

Website still under development