Save Cressingham Gardens
Lambeth Council is considering the partial/full demolition and rebuild of Cressingham Gardens instead of simply repairing it. To fund the demolition and rebuild, they will be building extra new flats and homes on the estate that will be sold to raise cash for the council. This will destory the existing vibrant community and affect every user of the beautiful Brockwell Park.
Just some of the impacts if the council's proposal goes ahead:
1. A community destroyed. The current community is a mix of families, elderly people, social tenants, creatives and highly respected professionals. The effectiveness and vibrancy of the community is reflected in such activities as the edible gardens, a regular newsletter and other events such as day trips to the beach. If demolished, tenants will be relocated, many of which are elderly and have lived for many years on the estate, and leaseholders evicted under "Compulsory Purchase Orders," resulting in many being pushed off the property ladder.
2. Blight of Brockwell Park. The new building on this site will effect the views from the meadows within Brockwell Park and/or the green leafy spaces within the estate.
3. More flats = increase in crime. Cressingham Gardens has currently one of the lowest crime rates in the borough.
4. Architecture destroyed. Cressingham Gardens was designed by Edward "Ted" Hollamby, a hihgly influential architect. He was a "champion of modern low-rise estates responsive to topraphy and local conditions". Please come and visit the estate to see how well designed it is, how it fits so well with the Brockwell Park so that it is almost invisible under the tree line and the staggered building heights and green areas provide a highly livable, almost 'village' like urban community in the middle of London.
More detail on the impact:
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