You will know by now that the shopping centre planning application has been approved, by a very narrow margin. However there is still some distance to go before the development goes forward and the Mayor of London had to give his endorsement to Southwark’s decision.
We are campaigning now to get the Mayor to refuse to do this, as he has the power to do, and this will be the main item on the agenda of our next meeting, which will be will be next Tues 17 July 2018, 7pm, Bingo room, Palaces Bingo, 3rd Floor shopping centre.
The shopping centre planning application has yet to be approved or rejected by Southwark Council and while there have been improvements to the original application it still not good enough. We don’t know exactly when the planning committee will be making its decision, it but we have to be ready. There is a weekend of activity this weekend, leading up to a Protest: Stand Up For The Elephant, 6pm, Thursday 21st June, Outside London College of Communications SE1 6SB
To build support for this protest please come and help on our next campaign stall: Up the Elephant campaign stall, 11am-12pm, Saturday 16th June,
outside Elephant shopping Centre, top of the slope opposite Charlie Chaplin pub. No social cleansing, no community stitch up!
We will also be leafletting the local area 4pm-7pm, Sunday 17 June, outside Elephant shopping Centre, top of the slope opposite Charlie Chaplin pub.
Attached is a letter sent by local campaign groups to the London College of Communication
Southwark Law Centre will be attending to advise us. It has drafted an initial objection letter on our behalf.
In the meantime, a reminder that the shopping centre developers Delancey will be presenting their amended plans at the Walworth Society, Thursday 7th September at 7pm at St Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove SE17 https://goo.gl/maps/YmKFJotwsZQ2
This is a public meeting, open to all, and an important opportunity to let Delancey know our views and support the traders.
Consultation on the Mayor’s Guide for Estate Regeneration is due to close on March 14 and a cross London campaign has begun to defend estates facing regeneration – Demolition Watch ; this is the website .
At the moment there is one major demand being put to the Mayor – that there must be a ballot of estate residents, to approve any regeneration proposals.
A ballot is an elementary protection of estate resident’s interests and the very least that should be required before any regeneration goes ahead. You can help secure estate ballots by doing two things;
2/by submitting a question to our GLA representative, Florence Eshalomi, to be put to the Mayor at his public question time. There is a model question below and it can be sent to Florence.Eshalomi@london.gov.uk, asking her to submit it for his question time.
There is little doubt that more and more estates are being lined up for regeneration and we must get effective protection of estate residents in place, so please help.
1) Resident Support
The Mayor has said regeneration should “only take place where there is resident support”. Official Guidance on Estate Regeneration (published December 2016) says that, where the proposals include demolition of tenants and leaseholders’ homes, a vote can be ‘appropriate’ to demonstrate the required ‘majority resident support’.
Does the Mayor agree that;
There should be a ballot where it is proposed that residents homes be demolished and,
GLA funding and planning approval support would not be made available for any schemes involving demolition without such a ballot?