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New residents enjoy first completed new homes on Aylesbury Estate

Published Wednesday, 08 June 2011

While demolition of Aylesbury estate began in autumn last year, new homes have sprung up on Albany Place

Mrs Gilchrist, who recently moved in and originally lived at Chartridge on the Aylesbury said; "I think my new home is wonderful, I was a bit dubious about the move at the beginning, because I'd lived in Chartridge for 35 years but the help with the move was excellent and I'm absolutely delighted. Everything came fitted, including the kitchen appliances and the rooms are spacious. I have managed to stay in touch with my old neighbours - I still see them at the shops and we still chat to each other."

A visit from Grant Shapps, Minister for Local Government/Housing on Wednesday 18 May confirmed that this area, as well as remaining a huge priority for Southwark Council, which will see the regeneration to fruition, is not un-noticed by the government.

A strong sense of community exists locally, which will be built upon as the regeneration progresses. Incredible changes in social and economic outcomes that have already taken place in the area over the past ten years, including a 5% reduction in unemployment. It is this community that the council's partner organisation, the Creation Trust leads on. The trust, run by residents themselves, focuses on the people who live in the area, and what they want. The council has this month signed a more permanent pledge of support for the trust for the next four years, to secure their future as a lynchpin in driving the regeneration forward. The new adult resource centre on site 1A is also set to complete later this month.

Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration at Southwark Council, said: "The regeneration is providing new high quality homes, but that isn't all it's about. The Aylesbury regeneration project is about improving the area for the community which already lives here, as well as for new residents. We are building neighbourhoods which continue to be great for families, with amenities such as parks, shops, safe places for children to play and good local schools."

John Lumley, development manager at L&Q, said: "Albany Place is built on a historic, well-known site, so it was important to us to create the right kinds of homes to suit the needs of future residents and those moving back to the area. It is great to see residents getting keys to what we hope will be a fantastic new community."

Meanwhile, new works to Burgess Park are currently underway which will see the creation of a new lake, new entrances and a new playground for children over five as part of massive improvements to this much-loved community amenity. An under-fives playground completed last year and is already popular with local children.

At the heart of Aylesbury is the Michael Faraday Community School, visited by Labour leader Ed Milliband on Monday 23 May. An Ofsted Outstanding school, it continues to impress year on year, winning a RIBA London Award 2011 for Education Buildings on Thursday 19 May and will now progress through to hopefully be short listed for Stirling Awards. This comes on top of the school winning the RICS London 2011 Regeneration Award the previous week and will also progress into the RICS National Awards for Regeneration. As well as this, Walworth Academy, the New School Aylesbury and First Place have all had brand new buildings and are improving or already excellent.

Ultimately, this popular, central area of London will continue to see investment in its future and funding will be secured to continue with regenerating the whole area.

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