Saturday 23 November 2002 1.04pm
This is simply not democracy!
I was led to believe that the Liberal "DEMOCRAT" Council were going to give the residents of Tabard Gardens
a fair chance to have their say in the proposed transfer of estate management to the Peabody Trust.
Presently we are living on an estate that, to be perfectly frank, is in a sadly neglected state of disrepair. The Peabody Trust had presented a viable proposal to bring the estate up to a decent standard at no additional cost to tenants, and to provide a reliable and consistent management service for its future upkeep.
Speaking of the future, what do we have now? Nothing. Cllr Bassom suggests that a minimum of £23 million should be spent on the estate to bring it up to a "basic" standard. The only solid proposal made thus far is that the Council meet in the New Year to discuss the alternatives. This is simply not good enough. How much longer will residents have to go on living in sub-standard accommodation in the midst of a far from appealing environment?
I am now very suspicious of the Councils motives behind the ballot cancellation. What else can it have in mind for the estate when there is no other concrete proposal on the table? Sadly, I am starting to think that the estate, which everyone knows is situated on a prime piece of land that many a real estate developer is itching to get its hands on, has no future. If we continue with the current level of investment then Tabard Gardens
could well fall into such a state of disrepair that it will be beyond salvage. Then what? Complete demolition?
The Liberal Democratic Council in Southwark has a moral obligation to give the two thirds of those Tabard Garden residents, who are either in favour of the transfer or are undecided, a chance to have a say in the future of their homes.