Carter Place Garden - the only green space on the Walworth Rd is under threat of development.
The space in front of Carter Place Police Station on the Walworth Road has been a garden ever since the land was enclosed. It is unique in being the only green space along the Walworth Rd that has never been developed.
The garden won many prizes, was a source of local pride and was even visited by HM the Queen Mother.
When the local police moved from the site, the garden was bought by a developer and they have been trying to build on it ever since. Local people and Councillors have successfully fought this so far, but we are now coming to the showdown to try to avoid our garden being obliterated under a massive and completely inappropriate development of shops and flats.
We have an alternative. Help us to get the site protected so that it remains as a garden for the people of Walworth and Southwark to enjoy once again.
Maybe a something could be put up to commerate all the beatings that were handed out by the bar stewards who worked at the local nick to practically anyone who had the misfortune to find themslves there.
It would be terrible if Walworth Road lost its last bit of green space. This space has been a garden since the 18th century and should be protected as an important element of what makes Walworth distinct from other generic high streets. It would be of much more value to local people as a nice civic amenity space than it would as inevitably yet another Pawn Shop, Takeaway or Bookies with (eventually) empty flats above it.
Wouldn't it be fantastic if the council could turn its attention, just for a second, away from the new-build regeneration and think a little bit about the context of local character, history and identity. Surely one can successfully complement the other.