Refurbishment Is the Dirty Word We Should Be Using, Just Look at the Achilles Street Estate

22 October 2019 — Novara Media

Anita Strasser

by Andy Worthington 

Imagine living on a council estate and being given a ballot on the proposed destruction of your home as part of a ‘regeneration’ plan. Imagine that the council makes all kinds of lavish promises regarding your future housing and security, but then refuses to back up these promises with anything resembling a legally-binding contract. This is what’s happening at Achilles Street.

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Video: A Moving Image: A Film About Gentrification

3 June 2016 —

A Multimedia Feature Film about Gentrification in Brixton, South London and beyond.
World Premiere at The LA Film Festival 2016 (World Fiction competition) 5th June 2pm
Written/Directed by Shola Amoo and Produced by Rienkje Attoh.
Starring Tanya Fear

See also: Gentrification and complicity in South London: an interview with Shola Amoo

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A Compulsory Purchase for London By Helen Kearney

28 March 2014 — New Left Project

The demolition of the Heygate Estate in South London is gathering pace now. After years of plans and ‘decanting’ of residents, the vast estate – condemned for so long – is finally coming down. The area of Elephant and Castle is being regenerated, and in a glossy post-regeneration landscape there is no room for a concrete megastructure like the Heygate. In order to clear the buildings of residents, the local authority, Southwark, used a legal tool called a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). The CPO is a power granted by the government to allow a local authority to purchase land or property without the consent of the landowner or tenant.

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