Interesting item on BBC News this am. about developers who have been stymied by the credit crunch from continuing building, but who have turned their sites into green spaces, parks, football grounds etc. Why not our empty Oakmayne site which WAS a playground (and not one like the horrible St. Mary's concrete horror) and has been sitting idle for nearly three years.
I had a pleasant surprise when I paid a visit to the site of my first home laast summer. I knew the old tenement where I lived had been demolished back in the 1979's, which was when I last paid a visit and the area then was just a pile of rubble. I assumed that a block of high-rise flats would appear there one day. As I walked down Briganza Street from Kennington tube station I could see that it had all been grassed over and a nice walkway created.
With Kennington Park being in such close proximity I didn't think they would create another green and pleasant place. In sad contrast, when I walked round in to Manor Place, the rows of shops either side, (which numbered about fifteen and used to do a roaring trade in that thriving little community when I was a kid,) were all derelict and awaiting demolition.