Tuesday 19 October 2004 11.15am
I'm not a Waterloo resident, nor do I work in the area any longer, but I do have a longstanding interest in the area which I have known since I worked off Blackfriars Road
in the 1980s.
I think it is fair to say that no-one other than a few insiders understands the workings of regeneration schemes in the area, and the remit and membership of the plethora of bodies in the area are very poorly publicised, depite attempts such as http://www.opensouthbank.org
Even an interested person like myself is unable to readily track down a list of the projects supported with £4.5million (???) of Single Regeneration Budget public money, which are reportedly being channelled through WCRT.
New readers - see this link for a fuller list of all the groups involved:
This is not just a problem in Waterloo. IMO there is a similar lack of transparency for regeneration initiatives at Vauxhall and the Elephant.
I would also note that the perception that regeneration monies have disproportionately benefitted the tenants of Coin Street
Community builders, rather than other communities of social housing tenants in Waterloo and the adjacent areas is not confined to those involved (however tangentially) with Archbishops Park. I have heard it (off the record) from Lambeth councillors and local businesspeople.