Brockley Festival of Ideas 2017: Session 2

Session 2: Housing, Homelessness and Inequality

Chaired by Bartle Sawbridge 

Michael O’Keefe – Positive Money

Beth Boorman – National Community Land Trust Network

Tony Rich – RUSS (Rural Urban Synthesis Society)

Cllr Damian EganLewisham Cabinet Member for Housing

Andrew Mitchell 999 Club

Martin WilliamsAchilles Street Campaign

Full audio recording: 1h 09m

See below for start times of individual speakers.

Bartle Sawbridge introduces the panel for Session 2: Housing, Homelessness and Inequality

Introduction by the Chair of Session 2

Bartle Sawbridge 

Starts at 0m 17s

Through the Roof: House Prices and Profiteers

Michael O’Keefe 

Starts at 01m 01s

Michael is a retired economist, non-executive director of Greenwich and Bexley Credit Union and co-chair of the Greenwich and Lewisham Positive Money local group.


Community-Led Housing

Beth Boorman 

Starts at 11m 56s

Beth Boorman is Communications and Policy Manager at the National CLT Network. The National CLT Network is the official charity supporting Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in England and Wales. There are currently 225 CLTs nationwide.


Self-Build Project in Ladywell

Tony Rich 

Starts at 19m 29s

Tony has lived in Lewisham for over 30 years and takes an active interest in local community projects. For the past four years he has volunteered with RUSS Community Land Trust and since 2015 has been on the board of trustees.  


Housing in Lewisham

Cllr Damian Egan 

Starts at 28m 50s

In 2018, Damien was elected Mayor of Lewisham. Prior to that, he was a Labour councillor for Lewisham Central ward since 2010, served as cabinet member for Housing, and worked  He for the Ethical Trading Initiative, an NGO.


Homelessness – a Growing Problem

Andrew Mitchell 

Starts at 39m 24s

Andrew Mitchell has worked at the 999 Club Charity on Deptford Broadway since 2006. In recent years it has gone through major change to focus its resources on helping people who experience homelessness, a growing problem.


Achilles Street Campaign

Martin Williams 

Starts at 46m 04s

Martin Williams is a long term resident and member of the Achilles Street campaign. Residents and retailers of the Achilles Street area are campaigning against proposals to redevelop their homes and businesses in the middle of New Cross.


Audience Q&A

Starts at 55m 54s

Informal recording of the breakout discussion:

Links to other pages:

Session 1: Battle of Lewisham: 40 years later
Session 3: Debt, Money and Exploitation
Session 4: Food and the Environment
Session 5: From Ideas to Action
Film and Video
Picture Gallery
2017 Festival homepage