MAYOR OF LONDON PETITIONED OVER CENTRAL HILL ESTATE DEMOLITION: “LAMBETH SHOULD PROVIDE ENERGY AND CARBON FIGURES”
A new petition to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan calling on Lambeth council to produce energy and carbon assessment figures for the six estates they want to demolish has been launched on the change.org website.
The petition – which people are being asked to sign – states:
Lambeth council are demolishing several council estates without carrying out any environmental assessments to the well-being of the residents and the wider community especially in terms of carbon, energy, pollution, traffic, maintenance, infrastructure and loss of green space.
We want Lambeth council to provide full, impartial embodied energy and embodied carbon assessments of all existing homes and estates proposed for demolition so that it can be properly considered in their decision-making process especially when the residents raise their concerns at these council meetings, as in the case of Central Hill estate and Cressingham Gardens.*
Lambeth council have to take their legal obligations of reducing greenhouse gas emissions seriously and show evidence that they have a low carbon transition plan which can be implemented over the next 40 years.
If they fail to provide these embodied energy and embodied carbon assessments, it will show that they are, in fact, acting in a very complacent, negligent manner with the futures of all their residents.
Furthermore, we request that Lambeth council show residents examples of how their previous ‘successful’ regeneration projects have dealt with these environmental matters by showing us how these new developments have performed when compared to the embodied energy and embodied carbon assessments of previously demolished council estates such as Myatts Fields / Oval Quarter.
As well as Sadiq Khan, the petition will be delivered to various politicians, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Royal Institute of British Architects and other groups.
The petition, headed: ‘Get Lambeth council to produce their Embodied Energy / Embodied Carbon Assessments now!’ has already attracted more than 120 supporters.
Among reasons given by people signing the petition so far are:
“There is no need to demolish these homes which are in a good condition and in keeping with the area. Don’t do it waste of public money. More consultation needed. “
“I care about the Central Hill community as I live there, and the wider community around Crystal Palace, as it will affect everyone around, in the local area. As we already know, London is, & has been breaking cleaner air regulations for quite a while now, so lets not make it worse !!”
“Lambeth council have been very quiet about estate demolition and environmental impact. We think the Mayor needs to see this.”
“Well-designed, popular housing with generous space standards, in mature landscapes are being lost, established communities disrupted, often to be sent to remote areas, and the replacement housing is often inferior.”
“Lambeth’s plan is crazy and clearly through ineptitude will cost the good people of Lambeth a fortune…. councillors should start protecting our assets not offload everything in sight.”
“As a resident of Central Hill estate I don’t want to see my perfectly good home destroyed and I also believe the environmental impact on the area of Crystal Palace and indeed the areas of all the estates that are up for regeneration by Lambeth council will be massive!”
“This goes against the Mayor’s promise to not impact the environment with estate demolition, this is unnecessary pollution for London, repair and refurbish!”
“I’m a resident of Cressingham Gardens and have raised concerns with council officers who have simply ignored and not taken seriously environmental issues.”
“Lambeth council have no regard for the residents of these popular estates with green spaces, the lure of the cash sale is paramount. Do the developers care about the residents or the environment?”
“Central Hill in Crystal Palace is a great example of how estates should be planned – lots of open spaces for children and families to enjoy. No high rise building and every house and flat has large windows allowing good light and views- some minor re furbishment needed in some areas because of council neglect BUT absolutely NO need to demolish- which should not be on the agenda.”
“I live close to this well maintained and loved community. This was a debacle of a consultation with under handed and false representation of facts to drive through what amounts to more aggressive social cleansing in London.”
” I live on the Central Hill estate, and fear for the environment and the health of the residents both on the estate and around it as we consider demolishing thousands of tons of concrete, as well as spewing masses of unregulated diesel fumes from diggers and other plant into the atmosphere.
“The planned demolition is not needed as the buildings are sound, and the price people will pay in terms of their health is far too high to justify a few million pounds in profit that Lambeth intend to make to shore up their waning funds.”
*Note: The other four estates Lambeth want to demolish are Fenwick, Knights Walk, South Lambeth and Westbury – Ed.