Wednesday 21 July 2004 11.40pm
It is nice to know, that someone finds our beautiful square even by accident! Are there any other writers here from around the square?
Those few remaining houses, that now again are under auction, show what the square would have looked like before the war, and before the council blocks were built in the late 50s.
It is great, that the square itself has survived, but considering the recent activity around this part of the borough, I would not be surprised, if somebody wanted to build on the land... I sincerely hope, that the houses at 44-47 will survive and get a new life as living quarters.
Things are changing very fast here, after Southwark council has cleared their backlog of right-to-buy -applications, surprisingly many flats are now changing hands and my letterbox is flooded with leaflets from estate agents looking for more properties. There is extensive rebuilding of flats in every direction (I get woken up by drilling noises from not one, but three directions, thank god for earplugs), Palestra
is going up rapidly cross the road, even the council is changing our old bike sheds for disabled flats. Both private and public sectors look for property here, Elephant regeneration will leave 3000 council tenants in need of rehousing, so no spot of empty land is safe. The resident's garages in Surrey Row
are under threat to be developed into housing, god knows what next.
There has even been disagreement here, how to deal with developers, after some residents were not happy to see the community association's general meeting held at builder Skanska's offices across the road, as these developments also cause so much grief to the residents (noise, power cuts, dust) Also the association's accepting sponsorship from Land Securities, who are involved in the Bankside 1,2,3 project did not go down well with some. Unfortunately all the squabbling will do little do help to get the residents' voice heard, when all these projects surround out living area.
Sorry for the long post, just thought somebody might be interested to hear news from this corner of the borough, as we mostly read about Bermondsey on this forum! (Incidentally, I have posted here before, but as my identity was revealed in connection with the postal service thread, and I was also kicked out from the Central Postal Survey, I have now assumed a new nick just to be on the safe side!)
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 22 July 2004 12.44am by nelson.