Cambridge housing crisis sparks protest

Elsa Maishman 20 November 2015

Saturday 14 November saw a hundred-strong protest through the streets of Cambridge over the city’s lack of affordable housing.

Activists from Cambridge Unite and Cambridge city council Labour group marched from Regent Terrace, via Regent Street, St Andrew’s Street and Trumpington Street to the Emmanuel United Reform Church on Trumpington Street, where a rally was held. 

Speakers included secretary of Cambridge Unite James Youd and Cllr Kevin Price, the executive councillor for housing at Cambridge city council. Members of the Socialist Party of England and Wales also took part in the event. 

The campaigns officer of Cambridge Universities Labour Club (CULC) told The Cambridge Student that CULC was not officially involved in the protest, although members may have taken part in a personal capacity. Flyers distributed by marchers sympathised with local residents unable to acquire council housing, and criticised the high number of expensive properties built in Cambridge.   

Andrew Osbourne, a coordinator of the campaign, told TCS that he is concerned that average house prices are ‘‘well above the price range’’ of bedders at the University.