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Wednesday 16 April 2008 2.12pm
Wish it had a café!
Wednesday 16 April 2008 2.21pm
williamn wrote:
Wish it had a café!

me too - maybe we get one at the base of the new London Park Hotel site tower - mind you, it'll take about three years though!
Wednesday 16 April 2008 4.53pm
When I left they were putting in loads of lighting. Is that working and does it do a good job of lighting up that corner of the Elephant?
Thursday 17 April 2008 10.10am
Southwark Council do seem rather fond of coloured concrete mounds of late - first Newington Gardens (what with its strange fibreglass creatures at the entrances, each with its own coloured line on the ground which mingles with the others in the middle) and now St Mary's Churchyard!
Thursday 17 April 2008 11.05am
Having walked past St Mary's Churchyard yesterday my overall impression is that Southwark Council have done an excellent job of turning this previously uninspiring area into a far more welcoming and attractive part of the Elephant & Castle, personally I think the lighting looks excellent.

It is also nice to see this whole area opening as one, all finished to a suitably high standard, unlike many public spaces, which open in phases and results in the earlier stages looking grubby before the final scheme is completed.

The Boss,
SE1 Relocation Ltd
Tuesday 22 April 2008 2.54pm
Official opening event is on Tuesday 6 May 12 noon-3pm

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Tuesday 6 May 2008 10.36am
A reminder it's the opening event today. Speeches & ribbon-cutting from 1pm.

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Sunday 11 May 2008 4.29pm
Official opening and rededication:

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Sunday 11 May 2008 8.00pm
Take a closer look and you will see that the fences have already been vandalised and the area is already used by drinkers sitting close to the children playing in the playground. Southwark again have put something in place and spent alot of money but not thought about the after care. To be honest I think the design is basic and unimaganitive and does not fully appreciate the space and its location. I have spoken to southwark planning and all they can muster is that that the plans and desisn were were put in place some time ago and that the people now there had no input as the staff who were involved have now left. The place is dooomed unless an owner of the space is found.Which Sothwark dont want to be. Forgive me for complaining but it seems to me that southwark council and Nick Stanton have alot to answer for i.e the fiasco of the Elephant and Castle regeneration Gravy Train..10 years on and we have a garden full of McDougall Flour men !!
Sunday 11 May 2008 8.20pm
Re Drog's comment, that's a shame about the vandalism and certainly the design is not everyone's taste, but when I passed on Friday evening it was absolutely rammed with children playing and enjoying themselves - something I have never ever seen before in 15 years - and that in itself must be worth celebrating.
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