On Monday 20th November, ARUP published the findings of their investigations into the structural integrity of the four Ledbury Estate tower blocks. The full report can be found here The report details that strengthening works are required in all four of the Ledbury blocks in order to bring them up to the minimum standard of building regulations to be able to resist a 17kpa force. For residents this will mean intrusive works required to every flat within the buildings. Southwa
On Saturday 18th November the annual Southwark Tenants Conference was held at the Salvation Army Church in Camberwell in conjunction with Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations and Southwark Council. The conference began with a speech by Loretta Lees (Professor of Human Geography at Leicester University) which exposed the rampant social cleansing and gentrification of the borough of Southwark by the council, and the deterimental effect it has on local people. There were a s
On Wednesday 15th November, Ledbury Action Group attended Southwark Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting to hear an update on the estate from Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr. Stephanie Cryan and Strategic Director of Housing and Modernisation Gerri Scott. The update was once again a self congratulatory pat on the back from Southwark bosses. Ledbury Action Group produced a report of their own which is due to receive a written response in the coming days. The repor
On Thursday 16th November the new updated Ledbury Estate motion was passed unanimously at the Camberwell & Peckham constituency party meeting. The motion is now due to be debated in Bermondsey and Old Southwark and Dulwich and West Norwood constituencies.
At the first hustings ahead of the May 2018 local elections, members of the Ledbury Action Group once again asked all the candidates to publicly commit to keeping the land on the Ledbury Estate 100% Council Homes at Council rents for the future and asked that this pledge would additionally be made in their upcoming manifestos. Cllr. Peter John (Leader of Southwark Council & Leader of Southwark Labour) had already made this promise at a residents meeting held on the Ledbury Es
At a residents meeting held with the council on 23rd August, Southwark bosses surprised residents by announcing that they were in the process of purchasing 80 new build homes on nearby Sylvan Grove from Hyde Homes, which would be reserved entirely for Ledbury residents and would be Council tenancies at Council rents. This news was well received by residents, especially those who wish to remain in the local area and be rehoused close to their Ledbury friends and neighbours, wi
In the Ledbury Estate’s weekly council newsletter of 2nd November, the brief given to ARUP by the Council was finally revealed. ARUP have been instructed to let Southwark know what works the four tower blocks on the estate would need to bring them up to modern standards, including meeting the current building regulations and any further works required to give the towers a further 50 years One resident commented: ‘It’s an ambitious brief but Southwark Council should agree to s
https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/mental-health-nurse-says-ledbury-residents-facing-stress-trauma-anxiety/ Adult and child mental health professionals from South London and Maudsley trust visited the Ledbury Estate on Thursday 8th November to offer support in a meeting with residents. After a lot of activity and upheaval on the estate since the end of June, residents are being offered the opportunity to discuss their worries, anxieties or stresses with counselling speciali