Tuesday 14 October 2003 2.48pm
Yes, and how long was the Coronet in business for? Closed after a few months. And when is the new tube station going to open? Alright, these thing's aren't necessarily Southwark's fault, but it's symptomatic of the blight that affects the area.
I went along to some of the Community Councils earlier this year, where local people are empowered to chose things like where trees can be planted and bins sited. For administrative purposes E&C is lumped together with the Borough and Bankside. It's very interesting listening to discussions involving other areas within Southwark. Bankside and the Borough have very vocal and well organised residents/tenants associations who are skilled at getting a good deal for their neighbourhoods. E&C seems very poorly represented by comparison, and even Council officers and other agencies only talk about E&C in the context of high crime figures or bad housing.
Other parts of Southwark are really blossoming - have you visited the Bellenden regeneration area in Peckham? Street lights & signs designed by Tom Philips and Anthony Gormley, whole streets with a (heavily) subsidised re-building programme of roof repairs, new windows and doors, street furniture, etc. Looks fantastic.
So yes, the Elephant is really suffering by comparison. It's our turn for a make-over.