1. Jamie on March 24, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Why is that ugly thing grade II listed..

  2. Anna B Sexton on March 25, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Having been a Carradale Live Work tenant 2009 – 2011 I would say the sell off was on the cards for ages. Early on moving into Carradale I met a PH officer who told me the lengthy processes needed to get the multiple sign off for any minimal works via the English Heritage partners as well as the other major stakeholders.
    The lack of right to stay for the long term social tenants is of course shocking and not condonable but the amount of money for any group whether Poplar HARCA or otherwise to bring back this Grade II listed building was never going to be cheap, pre or post the crash.
    And sadly not everyone gets rehoused into Carradale…
    Sad, sad times all round… especially as it’s clear that those of us who hoped for a more mixed community growing and thriving in Poplar are now faced with new people moving in who can afford the flat prices off plan

  3. Bill on March 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I had experience of Poplar HARCA while living in the Aberfeldy Estate a stones’ throw from Balfron Tower and I found them to be pretty awful and all about redevelopment. I was finally made homeless by them via Phoenix a tenant of theirs, in order, I later found out, to put homeless people into my flat in the run up to the Olympics. Poplar HARCA never came clean about this and and they did it with the intention of getting Olympic grants in spite of the fact they would be creating freshly homeless people in the process. I therefore see them as thoroughly corrupted and not about improving the lives of those in the properties they manage but more about generating money by acting as the agents of gentrification.

  4. T. McClure on March 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    So, Poplar HARCA “can’t afford” to house it’s tenants in their own home. Many would see this as a major failure and a breach of contract.
    Nevertheless everyone there will keep their job, having conveniently shifted the blame onto the local council and the world economic crisis of 2008 (look to the well-insulated corridors of Canary Wharf, just down the road, for more details on both of these). Thank goodness, though, all is not lost. It can still afford a “head of Creativity and Innovation”.
    And so, now the cycle is complete: the Balfron Tower remains standing, given a new life as a daily reminder of the relentless screwing given to the public by their trusted “servants” whose greed and ineptitude is rewarded handsomely instead of being stamped on. It stands as a monument to the trusted formula of “starve, run-down, privatise” applied to the public sector, and a warning of what happens when the line of accountability is allowed to stretch to breaking point.

  5. Martin Newman on March 31, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Sounds like this was always the plan. HARCA have themselves an architecturally important high-rise, like the Goldfinger designed Trellick Tower in Westbourne Park. These flats, so close to Canary Wharf, will be sold at a premium price to the very rich. The entire tower will become an elitist enclave, very dinstinct from Carradale House. The council and the social housing tenants have been set up and screwed out of what was theirs. And all the kind words about what HARCA has done don’t mask that very transparent fact. HARCA will make a mint from this deal, and there ought to be a public inquiry into it.

  6. Jordan Fry on June 2, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I think it is a shame that this article does not mention the role that the current temporary residents play in the disruption of the community. The Bow Arts Scheme has installed transient residents during the transition from; social housing—possibly part social housing–definiutely luxury flats. Though the scheme professes to help that much in need section of the East London demographic, artists, I think it is worth exploring how the current occupants are fodder. They create a distinct break and block between the original tenants ‘getting back’ their homes whilst also representing a precarious trend in London housing: the guardian.

  7. N on January 25, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I think it’s appalling that social housing tenants find themselves hard done by! Try getting a proper job and a mortgage. I’ve worked in social housing for two decades and the tenants are lifers who can’t see that it’s the tax payer who suffers the real cost of their laziness ! !

    • Andrew Sherman on March 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      It’s always refreshing to see someone spewing the moronic myth that taxpayers pay for social housing.
      A few facts for you:

      1) Local authority social housing is not subsidised. Local authorities are able to set low rents because those homes are mostly bought and paid for on 40 year loans, the last of which cease in 1984 – the last year large scale social housing was allowed. Setting a below-market rent isn’t a subsidy, and costs taxpayers not a brass farthing.
      2) People who live in social housing have “proper jobs”, unlike you in your HA/LA sinecure, where you can spew bile about your customers and not lose your job.
      3) Social housing (as you should know of you do indeed work in it) is regulated. That regulation gives residents recourse regarding faulty service. They have a right to “feel hard done by” if their landlord isn’t fulfilling their part of a tenancy contract.

      The only person guilty of laziness is you, with your crass, ill thought-out opinions.

  8. Charlie Mowbray on June 29, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Good God! You work in social housing and you have utter contempt for social housing tenants? What an attitude. You don’t happen to work for Poplar HARCA do you? You sound suspiciously like one of their managers that I’ve had the misfortune to meet.

  9. S on January 21, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Not all social housing tenants are claiming benefits, it’s disgraceful blaming tenants for being screwed by their landlord.

  10. Adam Hagerty on July 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Hi there,

    My name is Adam Hagerty, I am a masters student currently making a documentary on gentrification in Tower Hamlets and about Poplar HARCA’s role in gentrification and social cleansing.

    I am trying to get hold of any ex-residents or anyone involved with the Balfron Tower that may be willing to speak to me about their experiences and opinions about wha happened with the Balfron Tower.

    If you would be willing just to have a quick chat with me, please email me on adamhagerty@btinternet.com

    I believe that the story of the Balfron Tower is an important one to be told and I hope that you can help me do that.

    Thank you.

  11. Mike on January 22, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    As a local resident /leaseholder living on Brownfield site for over 20 years. I now can see Harcas true colours. After threatening to bring in the heavy mob for unpaid bill for repair and regeneration, they have finally done it. They expect their leaseholder tenants to pay a rediculous bill. I cannot see anyone being able to pay without a remortgage. I am sure I am not the only one. Bullying people to pay this or else. Even threatened to lose my lease if I don’t. Some may not see the relevance. As I see it Harca do not care how they treat there tenants leasehold or rental. I am sure when they were taken over from the council, mentioned all generation work would be payed for by Sell of Balfron and build of Panaramic tower and surrounding area. To me there is no support to deal with these issues, so Harca can throw their weight around and do what they like. As for me, not sure what I am going to do about my financial situation, whether I will be forced to sell (if I can do that before paying them), may be this is exactly what they want.

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