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Look for the lights? Timelapse which revealed Chalcots housing divide

Camden Council embarked on a desperate search for accommodation after estate evacuation

25 June, 2017 — By Tom Foot

AS Camden Council embarked on the search for temporary accommodation for 4,000 tenants evacuated from the Chalcots estate, New Journal readers were sharing a time-lapse project we worked on two years ago.

By setting up a camera close to the tower blocks in Adelaide Road and running it over the course of an evening, the final footage showed how home lights were switched on across the Chalcots towers, while hardly a single bulb went on in the private Visage block next to Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre. As you look, the Visage is on the left, and the Chalcots tower council block is on the right of the road.

A two bedroom flat in the private block, with a 24 hour security concierge, costs more than £1 million.

It was claimed that this illustrated the trend in London for buyers to invest in expensive second homes, with properties left empty from day to day in the middle of the capital’s housing crisis.

With images of tenants leaving with pull along bags and suitcases spreading across the internet on Friday, readers tweeted that if Camden Council was looking for some empty homes quickly then it could find them closer to the Chalcots than they might realise.


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