i am a resident on St Georges Road (corner of Gaywood Street) and was recently horrified at the proposal from the council to build a large appartment block on one of our last remaining green/recreational areas of SE1 which is now a basketball picth and park and is regularly used by children to play basket ball and football. your support and thoughts appreciated.
Yes Loafer, I agree there is enough space to erect a number of tower blocks at the IWM especially if you include the park. It is not used as much as the playground on St Georges Road and therefore should be made available for development instead.
I am a resident in this area for many years and have seen this area grow. It functions well now because it is a small populated area. More residents would effect this, the parking facilities for instance are already stretched here. Although this is not my main concern it is a concern and always causes conflict. Children always congregate where they live and this is happening here. The area does not needed to be expanded it needs to be improved
Southwark council have had their eye on this plot for some time and it is linked to the demolition of the Heygate. Although everyones knows new homes have to built to house the tenants from Heygate - not at the expense of a nice area. There is more at issue here then send the children to play at the IPM green space.
Also it would have been so nice if the council would have been honest about this at the tenants meeting (when there was a tenants assoc) we were advised by the local neighborhood office that the area as the pit was to be developed for children.
I stopped some people who were taking measurements and were informed last year that a new building was to be erected and it was to late to opppose and plans were in order, we had as tenants received no notice of this. These people were from the univerisity and had been asked by the planing department if they would like to take part in the project to aid in their study! How nice for them and then I received a lecture on how more homes were needed in this area,,,all this from an out of town student!....and me a mere tenant of 30 years plus what would I know
I am really interested in the website that is being created
This is indeed a wonderful community and should be kept this way.
It is a sad fact the way the council have acted.
I telephoned the Elephant Regeneration Planning dept twice - gave details of what was I found out from the students before August 06 and nobody got back to me - I was also informed at this time that residents had been notified and that new play areas were to provided in this area.
Southwark council have not been upfront with this at all
Please keep posted as to the consultation in coming months