The shopping centre traders’ deputation and protest at Southwark Council’s Assembly on Tuesday was a great success.
Prior to the Assembly, Southwark Council agreed to contribute £200,000 towards traders’ relocation costs. The money will be in addition to the relocation fund of £634,700, paid by Delancey. Southwark also promised a further announcement on the issue. Details of how the £200k wiil be administered are also awaited.
There can be no doubt this was a response to the campaign and the traders determination to get a fair deal.
The deputation’s 6 representatives (from the main centre, market stalls, arches, plus Latin Elephant and Southwark Law Centre) were well received by the Assembly. It presented their seven demands and took questions from the councillors.
A vibrant protest heard speeches from Paul Heron, of the Public Law Interest Unit and Patria Roman of Latin Elephant, amongst others.
A key demand is for more money from Delancey and no centre closure until all the traders are relocated or suitably compensated – sign the petition here!
We will be meeting very soon to see how we take the campaign forward …hope to see you then!
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