First story concerns the latest developments on the Mary Datchelor… er, development. And the news is: the developers and the Camberwell Working Party still can’t come to an agreement. The CWP say:
It’s in a conservation area and a development should play particular attention to the special characteristics of the site.
We feel it fails to respond to the challenges of the area. It’s a classic case of overdevelopment.
St George (the developer, not the saint) say:
We suggest this is a development which should be commended. This site is very suitable for such a development.
Actress Jenny Agutter says:
I would welcome the idea of a development and wish they would find a good architect to create an interesting and habitable building for the people who would move in there.
The second story is a little confusing as it seems to be missing some opening paragraphs. But it seems to concern the removal of community representatives from a Together Action Zone. I’m a little hazy on this issue but I did find this PDF from Southwark Council which says that the TAZ was supposed to be a joint council-community-police initiative to combat anti-social behaviour. Now it will just be a council-police initiative.
Councillor Ian Wingfield — who was in the TAZ as a community member, not a councillor, which confused me at first, said:
The whole thrust was meant to be more community involvement.
It’s a total slap in the face for residents and councillors.
This TAZ has brought the community together and we’ve seen real achievement getting to grips with street drinking.