THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE AYLESBURY ESTATE

Built in the 1960’s, the Aylesbury Estate has been used by the film and media for years as a token area to portray a typical, gritty, London council estate aesthetic, however primarily it is the largest estate of social housing in London. The estate once housed 7500 people of a working class and social welfare background, many of these being people who work in the public sector in the schools and on the underground which hold London together as a city and safeguard the future of its children. In recent years plan to refurbish the estate have turned into plans of redevelopment and residents are being pushed out of their homes with extortionate repair prices and compulsory purchase orders far below the market value, in favour of new build apartments for offshore investors to buy and rent out to people who work in the city. Those who remain live in uncertainty of how long they will be able to stay until they are forced out and where they will be moved to, some are not even allowed keys to their block and have to gain entry from security guards who have been known to fall asleep and leave people stranded.

GREGOR EMMANUEL  2020