Saturday 11 February 2012 12.17pm
I wonder who's responsible for the latest delays with Draper refurb... Strata or Southwark Council
My bet lies firmly with Southwark Council
as they had three years to get their paperwork in order whilst Strata was built, then they took another year of planning refurb after Strata was completed only to encounter that no legal agreements had been drawn up with Strata when they wanted to start with works July 2011. This added another 6 months of delays. So my guess is Southwark Council
simply does not know what they are doing!
But please, feel free to prove me wrong on this one.
Thankfully, Cllr Bowman has been very helpful in supporting me in my continuos chase of LBS over the last few years to make sure this long awaited refurbishment is finally happening. By now I think probably everyone at LBS knows about the protracted refurbishment attempts to Draper House. From all our ward councillors, to LBS housing director to cabinet member for housing, tenants organisations, Leaseholder organisations etc.
As for Section 106 contribution:
Strata was made to contribute about £1.2 million for the new landscape around Draper House.
Sadly the contribution to the refurb was actually a tiny one at only £50,000 - the scaffolding costs alone will be a multiple amount of that. But I guess 50K is still better than nothing - every little helps. So thank you section 106.
As for looks, I am glad that finally some people start to realise that behind all that dirt and neglect Draper House is actually a rather well designed and attractive building. And the flats are really fantastic too in my opinion - maybe I should invite a few interested people for tea one day....
Now we just have to make sure that the quality of workmanship and materials is good and longlasting and that the council doesn't costs cut all the nice original design features out. Unfortunately councils think in regulations and adhering to guidelines, but importance and impact of good design they sadly don't seem to understand in this time and age at all.