We’re offering a Guest Writers Spot for next month’s The Affordables comic to anyone in the Council regeneration team. Just email us your three panels worth of dialogue and we’ll do the artwork! Email at the usual address.
We feel we have to say something to accompany this instalment of The Affordables and it is this – We wholeheartedly welcome the work of the Leathermarket JMB in it’s efforts to get more Council homes built in the Southwark area. This is definitely nothing to be sniffed at. However we remain tired of the much wider Council regeneration agenda and the faith that they put in it to deliver affordable housing on the back of a massive increase in expensive private homes in the area. Destroying structurally sound Council homes as part of that agenda just does not make sense.
Council records show 5656 council-owned homes demolished in the last 20 years, including leaseholds bought back. By redevelopment scheme these comprise the following:
3269 North Peckham and Gloucester Grove
22 East Dulwich
148 Marcia Road/ Penry Street
47 Lamps Court
151 Linden Grove
196 Coopers Road
416 Heygate including replacement sites
102 Bermondsey Spa