I have this morning sent anguished emails to both Chris Horn and Richard Thomas about the headline that the E&C developer decision has been delayed till June or later and that the underpasses in the E&C roundabouts are going to be started only in January 2008. This is an exercise(on their part) on HOW TO SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT. I'm fuming.
Jackie did your email highlight the difference between today's explanation (acknowledging "internal confusion") and the previous one provided by Cllr Thomas (all about "negotiating best possible deal")? The delay in selection does not worry me overly (I'm more concerned with the underpass work) but I'm not impressed with the apparent lack of candour in the explanations we were getting.
You have to wonder with Southwark's track record on this scheme whether it will ever realise its true potential!
On top of the previous problems on developer selection for this site, their other recent major regeneration project is the Peckham Partnership, which was wound up in 2002. However, it was never fully completed to plan and a number of sites which formed part of the Partnership Plan have since been left derelict (with no clear plans in place for their redevelopment).
Meanwhile,the Council's regeneration and education departments are locking horns over the future use of these sites....local residents ofcourse are kept in the dark (apart from the odd Freedom of Information Request).