I had great pleasure opening the Little Angell gardens and play area on the Angell Town estate. I was joined by my Deputy Mayoress Emita Griffith where we met local residents, officers and partners in the project. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us, however the children did not seem to care and it was great to see members of the community coming together to celebrate the new area.
Background (provided by Lambeth officers)
The completion of the landscaped gardens/play area in December 2007 marked a turning point in the life of the Angell Town regeneration scheme. Launched in the early 90’s the Estate Action funded scheme triggered off an £80M package of radical remodelling & refurbishment works to what once was regarded a “no go” estate.
The dilapidated play area was the main site compound and occupied by contractors for the majority of the programme. Over the years many of the problematic building design issues and failing materials have been addressed to deliver a range of residential dwellings in terms of bed size and design. There are now 4 (four) landlords at Angell Town – LBL, Family Mosaic HA, Presentation HA and London & Quadrant HA. The London Borough of Lambeth homes managed by the Estate Action Management Board.
The scheme however did not initially focus on delivering community facilities for the residents of Angell Town – indeed the funding was focussed at addressing housing issues.
The re-introduction of the Little Angells Play Area, funded by the council now represents the intention of the council and its partners to deliver those community facilities and should be seen as the first step towards that goal.
The Angell Town Steering Group has throughout the lifetime of the wider scheme been instrumental in guiding LBL to deliver the high standard project that is Angell Town today. That same group virtually designed the play area and as with all elements of the wider scheme were the driving force behind selection and appointment of designers and builders.
Angell Town Steering Group
- Angell Town Community Project (ATCP) – Thomas Esterine
Responsible for the management of the commercial units at the foot of the residential blocks. These units were created by the reclamation of disused garages during the refurbishment/remodelling of the estate. ATCP were established to take ownership of the new units and to manage the recycling of rental income into Angell Town community activities such a the numerous “fun days”, employment training and children’s days out that have taken place in the past.
- Independent Resident Reps
Johnson UKwade – Angell Town resident who has dedicated his personal time to attend steering group meetings and play a very pro-active role in a wide range of the regeneration projects over the past 10-15 years.
- Angell Town Estate Management Board
Len Ebanks – EMB Board member for a number of years. He has dedicated his personal time to attend steering group meetings and play a very pro-active role in a wide range of the regeneration projects over the past 10-15 years.
- Housing Association Partners
Family Mosaic HA
Ujima HA – stock recently transferred to London & Quadrant.
- Ward members have historically been supportive of Angell Town initiatives with Councillor Donatus Anyanwu particularly pro-active over the years. Cllr Heywood has good working relationship with Council Officers (Chris Christou, Bashir Miah, Jackie Amma Thomas) taking lead on Angell Town initiatives.