Paul Brand reports on the day's events at Metropolitan Police owned Connaught House in Muswell Hill today.
Paul Brand reports from Connaught House...
Our reporter Paul Brand is at the scene...
V angry exchanges here at Connaught House, Muswell Hill where residents are being evicted from homes owned by Met Police, who want to sell
Residents say they have no alternative accommodation - Haringey council require them to be evicted BEFORE they can give them housing
Bailiffs have arrived at Connaught House in Muswell Hill in North London where it's expected 11 families will be evicted today.
The remaining residents have been given until the middle of April to move - some have been re-housed by the leaseholder, but others say they will be homeless.
Residents of Connaught House say they were initially told about the move in 2006 but it was not until last year that they were informed of the deadline - originally December but which was extended.
The Met plans to sell its properties, including the iconic Scotland Yard building, in an attempt to save £500m.
Commenting, Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green said:
“I have made numerous representations on behalf of myconstituents at Connaught House. I have contacted the Commissioner of theMetropolitan Police, Crown Housing and Haringey Council.
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the Met are intent on selling the land. They will not withdraw the instruction to Crown Housing to vacate the property.
I then urgently contacted Crown Housing and Haringey Council, to gain assurance that all residents of Connaught House would be given appropriate alternative accommodation.
Haringey Council said that they were advising and offering different housing options to each resident. Crown Housing also said that alternative housing options have been offered.
I can only imagine what the residents must be going through. If any of them do not feel that the Council or Crown Housing has offered them appropriate alternative accommodation, I urge them to contact me so that I can make further representations on their behalf."
In a statement, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said:
"The land had been leased to Crown Housing Association to providenon-permanent accommodation for their own tenants who hold short-term leases.
The lease to Crown Housing Association expired in December 2012. We continue to work closely with Crown Housing Association regarding arrangements with current occupiers before we proceed to market."
Bailiffs are expected to evict 11 families from the property today. The Metropolitan Police said the lease on the building expired last December and would now be sold.
The remaining residents have been given another month before they have to move but although some have found new accommodation others say they will be homeless.