The redevelopment of Elephant and Castle continues smooth as sandpaper. TFL have blocked plans to turn the Northern roundabout into a civic square. The demolition of the old shopping centre now looks more likely to amount to a lick of paint and some wishful thinking. And now community groups are concerned that plans to replace the towering blocks of the Heygate Estate are rapidly being scaled back to the point where the new version is going to be worse than the current one. Not to mention that they’ll end up destroying the beautiful trees at its heart and driving out the nascent gardening community. But Lend Lease – the property group in charge – are currently looking for locals’ input. Head to their ‘Consultation Hub’ today and tomorrow (11am-6pm) to have your say – and don’t let it go the way of the rest of the area’s redevelopment.
Lend Lease Consultation Hub, 182-184 Walworth Road, SE17 1JJ.