Thursday 18 September 2003 7.52am
Very refreshing and balanced commentary - thank you. It's important that we develop a relationship between jam factory and existing residents. I overlook the development from Prioress Street
and it has been a shambles from the start - although yes I do agree that things have improved a massive amount over the last few months since a site co-ordinator has been appointed. I also agree that the whole project is a big bonus for the area - although do admit to having reservations about an extra 300 odd cars - last we heard it was 200 but even this will have a massive impact on the area - especially as falls within the C Zone.
I had the laugh about the five guys watching one work mentality - by the gatehouse where the guard sits... this was dug up at least 5 times to lay seperate cables in the space of atwo months, it was a farce worthy of the City/West End.
We did want to be more involved with the project and minimising disruption on a give and take basis but were treated with a "We have planning permission we can do what we want" attitude by Mansells. Also the fact that the money given by Angel under section 10? something or other (designed as a sweetner to improve local facilities and area) went directly to the Council (280k) none of which went back in to the adjacent area - more than likely Peckham!
In short though, welcome to the area. We are in dialogue with the MD of Angel about the final block on the Alice Street
car park and discussion is under way about improvements to the immediate area as a result of this.