Elephant and Castle traders given extension

A shopping centre that was slated for demolition at the end of July has been given an extension because of delays caused by Covid-19.

The Elephant and Castle shopping centre is set to be redeveloped into 1,000 new homes in a 10 year project and has met resistance from traders and residents with more than a thousand objections to the plan.

Now the closure of the shopping centre will take place on September 24 to allow time to complete a temporary retail structure for half of the traders who are being moved there from the shopping centre, with the other half left with nowhere to go.

Planning approval was given for the demolition and redevelopment of the shopping centre to the owners Delancey on July 10, 2018, two years and three deferrals after it was submitted.

A spokesperson from Delancey said: “As a result of the delays caused by Covid-19 social distancing, and with a new construction timeline which ensures optimum safe working conditions on site for contractors on Castle Square, we have taken the decision to extend the closing date of the shopping centre to Thursday 24th September.

“This revised closure date allows time for the completion of the temporary retail structure at Castle Square and the fit out of the units by our Traders. Keeping our Traders informed has always been a key priority for us, and all have been notified of the revised closure date.

“The independent trader’s rent and service charge payments have been entirely waived since the end of March 2020 and will continue to be so up to closure. We will continue to support all our traders with marketing initiatives all the way up to closure and relocation.”

Councillor Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning, said: “This is a sensible decision given the uncertainty at the moment, and traders need to know there is somewhere for them to move to when they can re-open. We remain committed to providing as much support as possible for the traders during these difficult months and beyond.”

 


 

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2 thoughts on “Elephant and Castle traders given extension

  • 27 August 2020 at 08:18
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    Southwark Council and the partners it chooses to engage with have left the existing residents of the elephant & Castle without access to shops and ATMs. There are now only about four ATMs that are free to use in the Elephant & Castle area. This has left older residents unable to access cash easily.

    Existing retailers are closing down but no new ones opening up.

    I was at one of the first of Southwark Councils residents engagement meetings about their proposal to redevelop the Elephant & Castle. At those meetings, Southwark and their partners told us how there would be no ‘them and us’ just us and would be a non-adversarial relationship. Well that was a load of rubbish, all we hear now from all sides is ‘that’ not us’, ‘you need to speak to *** not us’

    This is Southwark again at its worse, not caring about existing residents as long their councillors and senior staff are doing well out of the arrangement. Socially cleansing the area and moving people who where born here but don’t meet Southwark resident profiling ideal.

    But then again, Southwark didn’t want residents to found out how much they sold the Heygate Estate and had to be taken to court. Lets hope in the next local elections the current administration Southwark out booted and we get one we can have confidence in. Also are truly are looking out for the needs of the residents and not just the rich ones they want to attract to the area.

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  • 1 September 2020 at 07:58
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    Southwark Council have made a real mess of access to local amenities for existing residents. We have been left without easy access to cash machines/ATM for months and long before the COVID pandemic. There are very few places close by to shop for everyday essentials. Old people without easy access to cash. It is really shameful.

    This is Southwark Council not caring about existing residents as long as the council’s councillors and senior staff are getting something out of this arrangement with their partners.

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