GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE SLAMS LAMBETH OVER CENTRAL HILL
Lambeth council’s plans to demolish Central Hill estate have been slammed by one of their newest residents – Pete Elliott who was Green party candidate in the recent Gipsy Hill by-election and narrowly missed out on becoming a councillor by just 36 votes.
“There is absolutely no need to demolish Central Hill estate. “It is solid and, whilst it needs some relatively cosmetic attention due to Lambeth Labour council’s neglect, it should still be around for at least another 100 years.
“Unfortunately, demolition is the only thought of Lambeth council and the corporate bodies who are trying to engineer this final solution. “There are other options though, and demolition is not a certainty. “There are many steps yet where the council can be challenged.
Mr Elliott, whose new home on the Central Hill estate is in Gipsy Hill ward, added: “The whole Lambeth regeneration scheme is not about improving standards for Lambeth’s residents but is all about money.
“The social and environmental costs are barely given a thought in their decision making.
“The ‘regeneration’ process is making healthy people ill and making ill people worse, and Lambeth council are not counting those costs.
“The results of Lambeth’s ‘regeneration’ is that residents of the most unequal borough are losing their, communities, culture, homes and vital services and which is why marches such as the ‘Stand up to Lambeth’ event on 8th October have the support of so many diverse groups from all across the borough.
“Our near neighbours Cressingham Gardens have come up with community led and community supported solutions (The People’s Plan) as has Central Hill with the ASH (Action for Social Housing) proposals.
“Cressingham Gardens have organised themselves with a number of community actions and have successfully fought Lambeth’s Labour council at the high court once already. “The Aylesbury estate has had the government intervene because of human rights breaches.
“The Central Hill community can learn from other estates and if we work together as a community we can build on their lessons and come up with plenty of our own ideas and ‘Save Central Hill’.”
Further reading: https://architectsforsocialhousing.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/deliverability-of-the-ash-proposal-on-central-hill-ash-response-to-lambeth-labour-council/