Heygate estate - poor image.
The Elephant & Castle’s Heygate Estate, built in the 1970s, has a reputation as one of the capital’s worst sink estates, riddled by crime, poverty and dilapidated housing. Inside Out London investigates future plans to regenerate the estate.
Heygate has been described by planners and estate agents as London’s "Lost Quarter".
It is now undergoing one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.
A thousand new homes will be built, and the Estate’s notorious walkways will be replaced by green boulevards.
Naturally, the Heygate residents were thrilled with these plans.
But excitement turned to bitter disappointment when the scheme fell behind schedule, and nearly 700 residents were told they would have to be rehoused in existing council stock scattered across Southwark.
There are currently only around 300 residents left on the estate, all facing eviction, who now feel abandoned.
last updated: 05/03/2009 at 15:18