Luke wrote:Jamesup, thank you for finding this out and posting the details. It is incredible to me that all this is coming out through individual posts on the SE1 website and not through formal information and consultation - though I am grateful it is coming out somewhere!
James Hatts wrote:Luke - the shopping centre is most definitely in SE1!
Personally speaking, my worry is that we could end up with the worst of both worlds - the small traders that make the Elephant what it is will be pushed out in the revamp, and the opportunity for radical change to the street pattern and public realm (as set out by jamesup) will be squandered.
And even if there are strong arguments for retaining the core of the current building, all the politicians concerned ought to be honest and upfront that this represents a serious change of direction for the E&C regeneration compared to what has been envisaged for the past 7-8 years since the current masterplan was adopted.
jamesup wrote:My guess at the moment is that Cllrs John and Colley have realised that they can't deliver the masterplan, or start delivering it, within this term. They could deliver this Plan B and so are pursuing it. There's an argument that perfect is the enemy of good, but we get one shot at this and then it's another 50 years...
jackie rokotnitz wrote:...the Council and its minions couldnt run a bloody BATH.
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