There’s more to Elephant and Castle than a shopping centre, you know. Our fast-changing area was formerly known as the ‘Piccadilly of the South’, and while we may not have a Fortnums, we are exceedingly fond of our brilliant assemblage of market traders – not to mention our pound shop!
These are exciting times for our area, and the Elephant and Castle Regeneration will bring new facilities and towering flats, swanky retailers and pop-ups – while luxuriantly bearded new residents can already be overheard in local pubs, expressing amazement at how close it is to the centre of town…
We are not anti-development, but we appreciate a little sensitivity in these matters. Our area is home to a vibrant neighbourhood, with an intriguing history and a wealth of beautiful architecture. To balance some of the major developments happening on our doorstep, we want spaces that work for local people: affordable sites for work and play, accessible green space, and a community centre where anyone can pop in and always be assured of a nice cup of tea and a biscuit*. Doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, does it?
Welcome to Castle Place, our campaign to make it so.
* gluten-free options available
In 2013, local residents joined forces to tidy up Lamlash Street and create a new community garden in the heart of the Elliott’s Row Conservation Area, a richly historical mix of Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian architecture and public spaces. We cleared the mattresses, fridge-freezers and litter that had adorned the road for so long, then planted trees, built raised beds and sowed seeds. Lamlash Garden, a green oasis full of fruit and veg, a mini orchard, flowers and friendly fauna, opened in 2015 – and was celebrated with the mother of all street parties. We are now a Community Association and continue to work together to improve our neighbourhood. Join with us!
Castle Place – brilliant project, London needs more of these!
– Alex Brown