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FULL REVAMP FOR LEDBURY TOWERS Four high-rise tower blocks making up the Ledbury Estate are set to undergo a complete refurbishment, which will include strengthening works, new lifts, windows, roofs and lighting required to make the necessary improvements to the buildings. Southwark Council’s cabinet members recommended on 30 October 2018 that the Ledbury Towers be refurbished rather than demolished, and new homes built on land next to them – at least half of which will be council homes – to help finance the refurbishment costs and help meet housing objectives. Councillor Stephanie Cryan, cabinet member for housing, said: “We know it has been a difficult time for many people but I feel we are at a point where we can start moving forward and get this work done to fix the homes in the four tower blocks, and use this opportunity to build new, family homes on the estate to help meet costs and help local families living in overcrowded conditions. “I want to extend my thanks to the residents in the tower blocks and the wider estate, members of the Resident Project Team and the Ledbury Tenants and Residents Association for their invaluable help and commitment to the future of the tower blocks. “We very much hope that we continue to work together as the works progress to ensure the right outcomes for the Ledbury community.” The rest of the costs would be met from Southwark Council’s ring-fenced housing fund. The refurbishment would be done in phases allowing those residents still living in the towers to move into one of the empty homes temporarily while their blocks are completed. Just over 150 tenants have already moved out of the towers, with the choice to return if they wish once the refurbishments are completed. southwarkmagazine.com

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WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED A new war memorial commissioned by Southwark Council was unveiled in November 2018 at Walworth Square, which forms part of the Elephant and Castle regeneration area. The bronze sculpture, created by Scottish artist Kenny Hunter, depicts an anonymous 12 year-old boy standing on a giant upturned ash tree, inscribed with an excerpt from a second world war poem by Hamish Henderson. issue

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Southwark magazine #20  

Over 20 issues, Southwark magazine has covered the transformation of the London borough, showcasing the influential buildings, strong commun...

Southwark magazine #20  

Over 20 issues, Southwark magazine has covered the transformation of the London borough, showcasing the influential buildings, strong commun...