Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Heygate Estate’s last stand

"Unpopular social housing." 

"An arrangement of monolithic land uses."

"Out of place in a city fringe location."

These are just a few of the phrases Southwark Council uses to justify its plans to knock down the Heygate Estate, a sprawling 1970s housing labyrinth in south-east London's Elephant and Castle.

Yet, on the estate, resides an 82-year-old woman who shares her flat with her husband, who is 83.

Here is my BBC News feature on why she and a handful of other residents have vowed to fight the council's compulsory purchase order of their homes.

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