Save Cressingham Gardens
The tightly knit community, which has been there since the 1970s, has been treated very shabbily by Lambeth Council. A lengthy & exhausting 'consultation' exercise turned out to be a sham, with the council now insisting that demolition is the only way forward.
Many of the estate's residents are old and infirm. Many have lived there for 40 years. They don't want to see their community torn apart and replaced by luxury flats.
So they need help. Urgently. They need to build up a fighting fund to give them the resources they need to challenge Lambeth Council & stay in their homes.
Please visit in September when the residents open up the estate each year for the London Open House weekend so that visitors can come and see what truly well designed housing for the community looks like.
If you would like to see and read more about Cressingham Gardens...
Campaign Facebook page:
Videos about Cressingham Gardens:
Homes under the Sledgehammer by Sanda Kolar
iTV news coverage
BBC London new coverage
Blog articles on the architectural heritage:
Cressingham Gardens, Lambeth: ‘a sense of smallness inside the bigness’ by Municipal Dreams
Cressingham Gardens – a village within a city by Single Aspect
Here is more on the ruling as well as a detail write-up of the proceedings themselves:
Note that a judicial review, let alone two judicial reviews, on a cabinet decision to redevelop an estate is very unusual at such an early stage in a regeneration timeline. The council still has a long way to go before they even have permission to proceed with demolition and we will be lodging actions at each step.
Thank you so much for all your continuing support!!!!! It has made everything possible so far. We hope that all have a wonderful holiday season.
We can't emphasise enough the thanks to everyone who has donated towards the Cressingham Gardens fighting fund. Without the contributions, this judicial review would simply not have been possible!
1. Residents have been developing their "People's Plan" with the help of experts including architects, quantity surveyors etc. It is a viable alternative to demolition, which also included creating up to 38 new extra homes at council rent levels mostly by converting the underutilised undercover garages . A 326 page report on the People's Plan was submitted to the council, including fully costed 30 year business plans. More details on the evolving plan can be read online here: http://cressinghampeoplesplan.org.uk/
2. Residents met on Sunday for a community vote on whether to look at Right to Manage and Right to Transfer in more detail. The vote was in favour of both and yesterday official legal notices were served on the council.
3. Yesterday evening, Lambeth Cabinet met to approve for a second time the full demolition of Cressingham Gardens despite the outcome of last year's Judicial Review concluding that the council had acted "unlawfully". And they have tried to dismiss the People's Plan after less than 5 days consideration. To get a flavour of what happened last night, BrixtonBuzz has already published a summary: http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2016/03/lambeth-council-agrees-to-bulldoze-cressingham-gardens-as-lively-cabinet-meeting-ends-in-absolute-farce/
So what next...
* The next legal action is being prepared.
* Last night we demanded a full inquiry into Lambeth's financial models as they are clearly wrong and being manipulated to mislead the council and the community.
* We are continuing to evolve the People's Plan and are now particularly working on the funding & legal structures so that we can potentially go ahead without the council. Please spread the word on the People's Plan.
The Fight Continues!
Thank you everyone!!!!
I'm sorry for this set back about the judge not quashing it. You have my full support and sincere prayers. God is good and He has the final say. It will be good in the end. If it isn't good, it's not the end.
Actual times and room are not yet confirmed. But last year, I believe the morning of the first day was given over to various bits of paperwork and reading time. Will update as soon as I know more. cheers
Any idea of audience times yet?