Local Lib Dem Councillor joins Bristol leaseholders at cladding protest

By Joe Nutt, Sep 17, 2021 12:09

Lib Dem Councillor for Hotwells and Harbourside, Alex Hartley and members of the local campaign group, Bristol Cladding Action Group, joined hundreds of other protesters in London yesterday afternoon, calling on the Government to end the cladding scandal and reform the leasehold system once and for all.

The rally heard from speakers across the political spectrum in a non-partisan event, calling on Boris Johnson, the new Secretary of State for Housing, Michael Gove and the government, to back changes to the Building Safety Bill that will protect leaseholders from the cost of remediation work.

Across Bristol there are 46 buildings affected by the fire safety scandal, affecting thousands of residents, who bought their properties in good faith, that are now being forced to pay bills of tens of thousands of pounds or face bankruptcy.

Cllr Alex Hartley, Lib Dem councillor for Hotwells & Harbourside said “I am very happy to join local residents affected by the cladding scandal in London today to fight for leaseholders across Bristol. I sincerely hope the new Secretary of State Michael Gove will listen to the stories of thousands of leaseholders that are suffering through this crisis.”

Bristol resident and activist Steph Pike said “It’s great to see so many leaseholders in Parliament Square today. I really hope that Michael Gove will listen to all the leaseholders here today and across the country to end this crisis once and for all.”

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