Guest post by councillor Wendy Speck
Regeneration to me is about building homes and a good, safe community people are proud to live in.
It is not that long since the riots in Clapham Junction, when the whole community was unsettled and we, as local councillors have worked hard in Latchmere and in the local community to see how we can make things better for our local residents.
We have worked to keep our local library and community hall open (which meant being active on the local Friends of York Gardens Library Committee) and the planning group for the Big Local Lottery funding, which covers some of the area, taking part in meetings and activities of many local groups and so on, so they were encouraged to see their area prosper.
This has held us in good stead during all the many consultation meetings and events on the Winstanley and York Road Estate regeneration.
I am pleased to see how positive the majority of residents have been on the regeneration plans, going for the most ambitious options, which means the demolition of many of their homes, because they want to see the regeneration of their communities.
Many safeguards have been put into place in the plans, to ensure that existing residents do get priority in the new properties. Council tenants will be rehoused locally and leaseholders given options to enable them to stay in the community, but we must ensure that this is cast iron, as many at first did not believe it would happen and that they would be displaced. Continue reading