Wednesday 12 November 2008 10.25pm
Jan the old one wrote:
Just out of idle curiosity did the residents of Heygate actually want their properties pulled down? When the Aylesbury is pulled down where are all the tenants going? if they can't get it right for the Heygate?
A MORI poll of 1999 is probably the most objective measure of Heygate resident's views - it had a response rate of 48% and concluded 'there appears to be no clear consensus' on the 4 options given. First choices were evenly split over 3 options; 29%,'repair and improve estate'; 32%, 'demolish and rebuild whole estate with fewer homes'; 25%, 'repair and improve the maisonettes, but demolish the high rise'. 63% also said they wanted a new council home on the rebuilt Heygate. In the event none of these options is being pursued - the estate is being demolished and residents rehoused either in current council stock or in the early housing sites, none of which are on the Heygate footprint. No new council homes are being built.
Southwark is demolishing something like 10% of its entire council housing stock when it demolishes the Aylesbury and Heygate and there will be no net gain of social rented housing in the schemes that replace them, so the question is just as you say - where are people going to go?