Monday 4 March 2013 12.31pm
Thanks to James's tweet we now know that Southwark Council
last week applied to itself for permission to put up a 3 metre steel wall around the entire northern part of the Heygate estate "for a temporary period of 5 years". Permission which they themselves can extend for a further 5 year period and so on. This fence will be at least 1km long. And that's 5 years, long after the next set of local elections.
The consultation period is not open (there is no consultation period), there is no case officer, but "please contact the case officer directly if you have any questions."
The unhelfpul details are here
A good example of what this process will mean is the fencing off of Elephant Park "for a temporary period" to allow the developer to put up portakabins for a construction process that they have still not started 7 years on, and over which the council has no control.
By doing this, the council are showing that they have no plans to listen to the many community ideas for interim uses of sections of the site, but would prefer it empty. And that they would prefer that we don't see them cutting down the trees.
Perhaps now is the time to think of a name for the wall. My suggestion is the Jon Abbott memorial wall of broken promises. Any others?