Please watch this film of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting that was held on 17 December 2020.
Our petition was presented calling on RBKC to stop the felling of 42 trees on Wornington Green Estate and for Catalyst Housing to consult with residents over the regeneration.
Residents of the estate and the wider community made the the following statements:
Keith: "Our environment will be degraded by this".
Christine: "It is so devastating and upsetting to think about cutting these trees down that have been part of our lives".
Abbas Dadou, Chair of Lancaster West Residents Association: "Catalyst Housing please engage with residents to find a fair resolution. Residents should come before profits".
Isis Amlak: "My question to Catalyst is could you evidence how you have taken the impact of the Grenfell Tower atrocity and the multiplicities of issues that it has caused, into consideration in your plan? I'll be horrified to think that this regeneration plan went through 10 years and that Grenfell happened 3 years ago and no on has sat down at Catalyst to reconsider how they are going forward".
We also thank Cllr. Marie-Therese Rossi, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Meeting, for her comments and recommendations to Council and Catalyst:
"To sum up, I have something to say to Catalyst. Something has gone very badly wrong here. You've got a planning permission, which by the sound of it, you got by the skin of your teeth, 10 years ago. You have not been engaging with the residents. And something I learnt a long time ago. I used to work with the urban regeneration agency and rule number 1 for regeneration is that you don't impose it. It's got to be bottom up. You have got to take people with you. And it really seems in this instance that that is not happening."
"So I would urge you Catalyst to go and look at your plans again and just see by building a few less houses or flats that you can actually save some of those trees. Because that is what the residents want. And as they have said they are the ones who have to live there for years to come. And Catalyst cannot just dump a project on residents and expect them to be happy about it because they would like to keep their trees. My sympathies are with the residents. I would urge you Catalyst to look again, because it can't be right, this level of protest against what you are doing and that you have not engaged with people down the years."