I thought that the reason permission to build on part of Spa Park was granted was for Hyde Housing Association to provide affordable housing for local working people. Now I've just been directed by a Google Advert on this site to http://www.bermondseyspa.co.uk/site/bs_availability.asp
where Hyde are selling luxury flats in this development for over £300,000.
In addition, that is the park I was mugged in by a guy with a meatcleaver a few months ago, and the last time I went past (drove past because of this) after dark the park lights still weren't working months after the mugging and after I had complained to the Council about them.
A certain percentage of flats are designated as affordable (approximately 30 per cent from memory) and the ones that you are seeing for sale on the web site are the private flats which are, in my view, pretty good value given the London market at the moment.
I totally agree that having lights installed in the park and then not turning them on is complete idiocy, especially when it gets dark so early at this time of year. Who did you complain to?
Chris - I noticed that the lights were not working the other day too. Does anyone know who we rais ethis to? I assume the 'environment' helpdesk at Southwark council? My last experience of using them was great - I emailed them to collect an old fridge and they came next day, for free !
Well feel free to walk through it after dark if you happen to be a small female Ruudgull and Jgarcia. Be sure to take disposible cash though is my advice.
Oh and the impression I got from the Police was not so much "isolated" as "routine".
But you know best I'm sure.
Walking through badly lit or unlit areas in London, especially a park, has always been a 'no no'. It a shame that we cannot just wonder the streets freely, but with some basic precautions, Southwark is as safe as anywhere.