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'The Borough' on ITV1

Marion Marples

They claim that 'The Borough' deals with the effects of regeneration on the local community, but in my view the first programme concentrated on the wrong things.

Yes, we're glad that the police are seen to be dealing with the problem of beggars by cash machines and we are all wondering why the promised opening of Silka restaurant is so delayed, but these are not really the priority interests of those who live here, whether new or old. The SE1 website forum has been discussing the congestion charge and the lack of supermarkets in the area for weeks now; these issues affect lives. The supermarket question has been an issue for at least 25 years and shows no sign of improving automatically through regeneration. Let's hope that later programmes redress the balance.

In next week's programme (Sunday, ITV1, 5pm):Documentary series following life in London SE1. In this edition Ptolomy Dean, a relative newcomer to the area, complains about the council`s eagerness to allow third-rate developers into Borough, while the owners of Fortes Gents` Hairdressers take the opposite view and welcome the changes. Meanwhile, Tony Allan has just five days to makover his restaurant Fish, and estate agent Paul Travers tries to sell a trendy loft apartment.

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