Friday 29 March 2002 2.07pm
What's good about living here?
borough market, proximity to the river, alternative arty types and events, transport links, libraries, theatres, the Elephant!
What could be better?
more affordable housing
more communal spaces
more sports and swimming facilities
more independent shops and traders
need a cinema
What are your hopes for future of SE1?
that it continues to thrive and that the council will be able to put back into the community some of the huge amounts of money generated by tourists, and the selling of OUR land to property speculators.
What are your fears for the future of SE1?
that people who have lived in the borough for many years will be forced out economically.
that the incidious blight of corporate shopping facilities continues to spread.
eg Star*ucks which now seem to be around every corner, but only in the tourist areas of course. they've also completely missed the point in Clink Street
. The old building which housed Backspace had a raised area at the back giving a view on to the Thames. This has been removed.
too - ghastly corporate hospitality shed, offering nothing to residents. They have destroyed the look of one the best examples of bridge building too.
What would you like to see the local faith communities doing/being in SE1 now - and in the future?
- I fear this will go the same way and again miss the point. Once it's redesignated as a tourist attraction, locals who really want to shop for food will be put off by the crowds. And do tourists really want to buy fresh food to carry round?
My biggest fear is that more of our beautiful green spaces are sold off for yet more 'luxury appartments' to be built. We are losing our spaces, our views and precious light. And long-term residents are being forced to move as landlords see the opportunity to raise rents but do little to improve conditions within residential buildings. Residents have little say in the planning approval system - the council just wants to raise money by selling land.
How optimistic are you about the future of SE1? (On a scale from 0 to 10)
Hard to say - it used to be cheap and brilliant to live in!
Anything else you want to add?
Local needs - we are desparetly short of communal spaces, and funding for local events and organisations. TNRA tries hard to encourage property developers to incorporate these spaces into new buildings, but with profit required from every square inch this is hard work.