Wednesday 9 October 2013 10.01am
Floodplain and Shaggy we are discussing a particular site, not the whole of SE1, which has not been shoe-horned in but exists because of the Jubilee Line extension. I am old enough to know what existed on the site until Hitler bombed it and it was not commercial buildings but residential housing, much like Roupell Street
, with The Mitre PH on the corner of Hatfields
and Isabella Street
and housing filling the rest of Isabella Street
and Colombo Street
(now Joan Street
) on the return to The Cut
and Eccles Place. Perkins, or the cork factory, was the incongruity. So it is not a scheme to preserve the area but rather change it for purely commercial purposes to the detriment of the residents of Styles House.
Why should a commercial property developer be allowed to absorb property beyond what they originally buy in order to make their plans viable and decant council tenants in the process unless they were promised such a deal by council officials before purchase. The whole deal stinks.