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Wednesday 16 July 2008 5.45pm
Well anything is better than the current lot. Even the squirrels in my garden know that in times of plenty they should save surplus in order to have some spare for hard times - they accordingly show themselves to be brighter than Mr Brown.

First run on a British bank for over a hundred years. Woohoo, Brown rocks! Meanwhile we have to live with a derelict Heygate.
Wednesday 16 July 2008 5.59pm
We wouldn't be in a position to start building this year or next year

He makes it sound like this would be a preposterous thing - this has been in planning for YEARS for goodness sake, and its getting NOWHERE!!!

I dont often resort to caps but its just pathetic! For how long has this regeneration been in planning now?
Wednesday 16 July 2008 8.26pm
Sorry to repeat things said in the roundabout removal thread.

But you are right over 10years of delay and waste of money. We in the community are stuck in limbo and all we have to show for it is announcements. It really is beyond pathetic. The worst regeneration scheme in London/the country. I wish some journalist who has access to a public platform would investigate it and expose it all. Instead plenty of people have been employed over the last 10 years or more to draw up pointless plans, engage in pointless consultation and issue pointless press releases. Pathetic beyond belief!
Thursday 17 July 2008 7.59am
NO question the Council is a bunch of pillocks who couldnt find a parking meter - but what do you suggest? I'm too old and tired to stand for the Council, but perhaps one of you young sparks would get on a soap box and get elected to sort out the appalling mess in Southwark. You have my vote.
Thursday 17 July 2008 8.33am
At this Tuesday's Walworth Community Council a member of the public noted that they had found out by chance that Southwark Council's "scrutiny" committee is planning a review of the E&C programme and asked when it was hapenning - nobody was able to give a date but the councillors present undertook to come back with this so it would be worth monitoring the Walworth CC minutes in 10 days or so or speaking to your councillor directly. They did confirm that it would all be done over one day, though.

The draft agenda is here:

The agenda notes that the subject matter of the review could include:
• The progress of the Heygate Decant and the early housing sites.
• The assistance being offered to traders in the shopping centre and also other
traders such as the Latin American businesses on Newington Causeway.
• The progress towards finalising the agreement with Lendlease.
• The impact of the current economic situation (credit crunch, rising costs of
material and energy etc) on the project.
• How plans are progressing to ensure that the project results in social
regeneration as well as physical regeneration - eg the development of
targets for local job and business creation.
• Progress of negotiations with TfL on transport issues

If anyone finds out more it would be good if they could post here.
Thursday 17 July 2008 11.48am

Has this meeting already happened? The agenda sounds rather similar to Jackie's post of a day or so ago.
Thursday 17 July 2008 11.54am
The minutes of the last overview and scrutiny committee say that the Elephant meeting is scheduled for 3 November.

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Friday 18 July 2008 10.24am
Some news related to the E&C regeneration:
Monday 21 July 2008 3.22pm
These questions tabled by Labour councillors are from Members' Question Time at the most recent Council Assembly meeting.

Is the executive member aware of any moves made by Lend Lease to subcontract the development of any of the Elephant and Castle regeneration project? How would the executive member characterise Lend Lease's current relationship with the council? Does he think that it would be fair to say they are growing 'impatient' with the council?

RESPONSE The council's relationship with Lend Lease is extremely strong. There are very regular meetings betweens officers and their development team and members of the executive. There is no indication that Lend Lease is growing impatient with the council. Indeed both parties are working towards the completion of the regeneration agreement by December 2008. Lend Lease Europe and Southwark have recently completed an exclusivity agreement which requires both parties to "negotiate in good faith and use all reasonable endeavours" to achieve this objective.

The council selected Lend Lease Europe as its preferred master development partner in July 2007. In this capacity Lend Lease will be responsible for the preparation of a major planning application, supporting a compulsory purchase order, and the acquisition of land needed to implement a consented scheme. Lend Lease will also have a major development role particularly in regard to the commercial and retail aspects of the development, however they may contract with other parties, such as First Base, to develop the residential element of the scheme. This is entirely consistent with their bid submitted to the council.

Does the executive member intend to make a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on the Elephant and Castle shopping centre site from St Modwen? If so, when? When does he anticipate work on the demolition of the centre will begin?

On July 30 2007 the council's major projects board resolved to exercise compulsory purchase powers to acquire land buildings and other interests necessary to deliver the Elephant and Castle regeneration which includes the shopping centre currently owned by St Modwen plc. However, this process cannot start until the council has completed the regeneration agreement with Lend Lease Europe, and they have submitted an outline planning application. The current development timetable anticipates that the agreement will be completed by December 2008. However both parties ability to reach final agreed terms depends on discussions with Transport for London and London Underground on the levels of funding required for highways and public transport interchange improvements at the Elephant and Castle.

The timetable to resolve these matters means that the shopping centre is unlikely to be demolished before December 2012 and the council informed traders of this at a recent meeting at the shopping centre on June 25.

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Friday 1 August 2008 4.16pm
Some good news at last ?

Elephant plaza dispute resolved
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