Friday 8 August 2008 10.06am
I do see a connection between the failure to regenerate E&C/Walworth; and the rising youth crime rates.
As the Heygate Estate empties of former residents, reports from the estate are that many empty properties are becoming the focus of organised crime, especially drug dealing. Southwark Council
's failure to deal with the exodus/demolition is creating a new generation of criminals with a focus on SE1.
Additionally, the extra facilities that were promised as part of the regeneration have failed to materialise: exacerbating the boredom of the youths.
Still, on the bright side - the one thing that they did do (widen the pavements) has resulted in the gangs riding their mopeds down the pavements chasing their victims. At least someone's got some benefit out of it....