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James Nesbitt protests as community hit by rent rises

By David Young

Published 04/02/2016

Baffled: James Nesbitt
Baffled: James Nesbitt

Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt has thrown his weight behind a campaign to help fight a rent rise that has already forced his local toy shop to close

The 'Lucky Man' star, who received an OBE in the New Year Honours List, joined a protest at Herne Hill in south London, where local residents are protesting against a decision by the Dulwich Estate to increase rents.

More than 300 people took to the streets to march through Herne Hill on Saturday.

Speaking at the march, Mr Nesbitt - who lives locally - told local media outlet the Brixton Blog:

"The fact that Dulwich Estate, a wealthy landowner, is hiking up rates, which only benefits fee-paying schools while depriving the community of all these individual shops, is beyond me.

"It just seems crazy that Dulwich Estate wants to do this to its own community, "

Giles Gibson, chairman of the Herne Hill Forum, which organised the protest, told the blog: "Just Williams, our only local children's toy shop in Half Moon Lane, has gone.

"They could not afford the near 70% rent hike that local landlord Dulwich Estate imposed."

Dulwich Estate did not respond to a request for comment on the matter when contacted by the Belfast Telegraph.

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