I don't think anything is definite yet. However there's an exhibition on this week upstairs at the Elephant and Castle shopping centre as follows:
- July 14, 15 & 16, 2004, 2.00pm - 6.00pm
- July 17, 2004, 10.00am - 2.00pm
where you may find out more.
If you cannot make this, the website (which also includes the latest (April) newsletter for Heygate residents) is on the net at http://www.elephantandcastle.org.uk and this also says that for more information you can contact the Elephant and Castle Regeneration Team on 020 7525 4922 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am writing from the Elephant and Castle development team and hopefully this answer will clarify the arrangements at Heygate estate. We do hold regular meetings, exhibitions and events, and write a bi-monthly newsletter for residents, but i appreciate you are not living at the Heygate and may not be aware of any of these things.
As you are aware, the Heygate will be demolished as part of the overall regeneration of Elephant and Castle. The Heygate was built in the 1960s when builders and planners had very different ideas about what made good social housing. Over the years it has become clear that the estate is ill suited to modern day living and has now reached the end of its life.
Heygate tenants will be offered brand new Housing Association homes in and around the Elephant and Castle area and those who wish to remain council tenants will be offered a council flat elsewhere in Southwark. Heygate leaseholders will be provided with a range of options to suit their needs.
The overall plan is to move Heygate residents one block at a time, but the council has leant from earlier experiences with previous large scale rehousing projects (such as Peckham where over 3000 households were moved) this doesn't always happen in practice. So whilst blocks are becoming free we will put extra security and lighting in place to ensure that the estate remains as safe as when all the flats are fully populated.
The early housing development and decant (relocation) process for Heygate residents should take about five years from 2004 but it will probably be twelve years before the entire Elephant and Castle development is completed.
If you can get in touch with me at [email protected], I can provide you with much more specific information pertaining to your aunt's situation.
Elephant and Castle Communications Manager
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 13 July 2004 1.22pm by James Hatts.
Hi Jan, me mum had friends living in deacon st and lion st, if i remember rightly lion was the second on the left after weymouth st just further up was gurney.
coming into deacon from the walworth rd, we lived at newington butts on the corner of crampton st.