Old film of Covent Garden residents

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In 1971, local people fought hard to save their community. The local authority wanted to rehouse tenants and tear their homes down for redevelopment. But that would mean leaving all the friends and relatives they saw on a daily basis.

Even the policeman was happy to take a protest leaflet to read later.

The final word is given to a man who says that the area’s redevelopment will lead to high costs of living and the working classes will be pushed away by the middle classes. 

In 2021, the average cost of a flat in the Covent Garden area was almost £1.5 million, well beyond the majority of households in the UK.

1970s Covent Garden | Locals refuse to be moved! | 1970s London | Have your say | Today | 1971: ThamesTv (YouTube)

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