Thornton’s Labour councillors have been working hard to help improve the Clapham Park Estate despite the recession causing delays to the redevelopment programme.
They have successfully lobbied Clapham Park Homes to install properly secure doors in many of the blocks in the east end of the estate after noticing that the old ones were always being broken.
They also invested £6,000 of their ward purse money in helping to refurbish the “cage” play area next to Angus, Cotton and Currie Houses.
That corner of the estate had no adequate play facility and until the delayed redevelopment is carried out children will at least have somewhere safe to play.
The ward councillors have also given their backing to the new Clapham Park tenants and residents association (TRA) which will give those on the estate a new voice.
Labour London Assembly member for Lambeth, Val Shawcross chaired the first meeting of the new body before handing over to those residents elected to run the TRA including Mark Sweeting, Lydia Serwaa and Elspeth Anderson.
Local councillor Ed Davie said: “Like residents we are frustrated by delays to the regeneration of Clapham Park caused by the recession but we are doing our bit to make improvements where we can. The security doors will help many residents feel safer and the play area was badly needed. We are also very pleased to be supporting the new TRA which will give residents a bigger voice.”
For more details on how to get involved with the Clapham Park TRA and for future meeting dates email chair Mark Sweeting at firstname.lastname@example.org