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Monday 1 June 2015 10.06am
Spotted this on SE1 Twitter written in June 2000 by Cllr Hilary Wines about the redevelopment at E and C

Cathedral Ward councillor Hilary Wines added: "I hope the final partner, once selected, will bring all of their experience of working with local communities to bear on the Elephant & Castle project. It is important that everyone gains from the regeneration of the area and the consortium will be expected to work closely with local people."

Very different story from what actually happened to those "local people"
Monday 1 June 2015 11.18am
The Affordable Housing Crisis - recent Radio 4 documentary pertinent to this thread:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vzysp

(featuring local councillor Kevin Craig)

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Monday 1 June 2015 8.52pm
Thanks James for this link.
An excellent programme explaining how developers wriggle out of their obligations using confidential viability reports to "argue down" providing affordable housing. It seems they get their foot in the door promising one thing,then once the deal is struck they manipulate information. At the end of the programme we heard how New York is taking a tougher stance on this.
Perhaps one day our own council will wake up and work in the interests of Southwark residents.
Sunday 21 June 2015 11.02am
“their eager cooperation with central government in the process of the privatisation of public assets”, their “sham consultations with residents, which are really exercises in hard-sell and bullying”, their “heartless eviction operations”.

Sounds familiar to those of us who follow the housing crisis stories in the press, and the fate of some of the former residents of parts of SE1?

In the Observer today I came across this article, and thought it worth posting on the forum as it mentions developments in Lambeth and Southwark.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jun/21/kate-macintosh-one-of-britains-great-unsung-architects-of-social-housing
Sunday 21 June 2015 11.26am
JazzyQ wrote:
“their eager cooperation with central government in the process of the privatisation of public assets”, their “sham consultations with residents, which are really exercises in hard-sell and bullying”, their “heartless eviction operations”.
Sounds familiar to those of us who follow the housing crisis stories in the press, and the fate of some of the former residents of parts of SE1?

In the Observer today I came across this article, and thought it worth posting on the forum as it mentions developments in Lambeth and Southwark.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jun/21/kate-macintosh-one-of-britains-great-unsung-architects-of-social-housing

Very interesting article, thanks.
Sunday 21 June 2015 2.38pm
This too caught my eye on the SE1 Twitter whilst I was looking at the Foxtons occupation at the E and C.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/heres-how-much-of-london-is-actually-owned-by-qatar

He who pays the piper, and all that jazz.
Thursday 25 June 2015 11.34am
Well, I was having a good day until I read this article.Now I want to weep.
The same story is repeated across the city, and our elected representatives are falling for the developers tricks every time. It is like taking candy from a baby.

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/25/london-developers-viability-planning-affordable-social-housing-regeneration-oliver-wainwright?CMP=share_btn_tw
Thursday 25 June 2015 11.52am
Let's face it, there is nothing that ultimately will stop these people. This has been planned for years, and at best it can be slowed down, but that's it.
Monday 29 June 2015 3.21pm
This was sent to me by a friend, and as usual the sorry tale includes the Heygate and Aylesbury, and our own Southwark Council and its treatment of its residents.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/28/london-the-city-that-ate-itself-rowan-moore?CMP=share_btn_fb
Monday 29 June 2015 4.25pm
I went to visit an acquaintance who lives on in Kidbrooke, where Kidbrooke estate used to be (coincidentally, an artist friend of a friend did a project of portraits of Kidbrooke Estate residents who refused to leave)

Once more, the extremely modern building that's replaced the estate reminded me of the dystopian novel 'High Rise" by J.G. Ballard. The Guardian article mentions

"Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever."

And that pretty much sums it all up as far as I am concerned.
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