"..... absorb Woolfe’s refreshing amplification of the voices of working class Londoners; the people subjected to developer-led, council-backed regeneration – one of the most perniciously anti-democratic and inhuman facets of London’s unequal political economy."
"Three years ago I was looking at all the new developments in London and was surprised to see how much of the construction happened on old council estate land.
I started wondering why the councils wanted to sell off their valuable assets and whether there were alternatives.... That's how Concrete Soldiers UK began...
- Three years later and Concrete Soldiers UK is not only answering my questions but it has also become a film about the fighting spirit that I encountered on the way.
I was so impressed by people and their tireless campaigning in situations which often ended with a negative outcome. It's easy to see why people would become discouraged and just give up. But some haven't and some even managed to succeed in their campaigns. That's what Concrete Soldiers UK is all about.
There has been no funding for this project and there is no-one who is looking to profit from this film. My main objective is to make it accessible to as many people as possible, so there will be a download link available in the future.
Until then keep checking our social media or this website for updates. And please do arrange your own screening. This film was made for sharing,
Our CONCRETE SOLDIERS
Macintosh Court residents
won the right to stay in their homes by sheer persistence and by asking the right people for support. Kate Macintosh, pictured here in the front, is the architect of the residents' home and was a key figure in the success of the campaign.
Clifford Grant loves his home on Central Hill Estate. He's one of the many people who want to stay there.
But Lambeth Council has got plans for Central Hill. It's located on a hilltop overlooking London and that is just the sort of location that developers love.
ASH, (Architects for Social Housing) work to save estates by creating alternative plans to demolition. They are also central to the whole uprising against estate regenerations across London.
Jerry Flynn is a member of the 35%Campaign, a research campaign group.
35% works tirelessly and with very little support to help and secure victories for tenants and leaseholders in the Elephant and Castle area.
Aylesbury leaseholder Beverley Robinson is fighting for her right to be a 100% homeowner and was one of the key advocates in winning over the council in the first CPO of the First Development Site [FDS] of the Aylesbury Estate.
Cressingham Gardens Estate is located right by Brockwell Park in Brixton and the Council wants to get rid of it. But the residents don't want to move and they are putting up a good fight.
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Colin Wiles and Martin Wheatley are members of SHOUT
(Social Housing under Threat),
a campaign group made up of volunteers who, between them, have 300 years’ experience of working in the housing sector.
Colin and Martin explain how the UK got to where we are now and what can be done to rectify the situation...
- And introducing Andy Worthington...
A writer, activist and musician, Andy Worthington is narrating Concrete Soldiers and will be going on tour too.
Andy is passionate about social housing and works in various capacities to support campaigns across London.
We want the TRUTH...
And then there is the ongoing fight for justice for the Grenfell Tower victims. Watch 'The Truth about Grenfell Tower' a meeting organised by ASH about what really happened....
This film is dedicated to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.