Churchill Ward Labour Councillors Jason Williams and Shamim Talukder have called for residents to be at the heart of any new plans for Ebury Bridge Estate and for the final plans to be agreed by a referendum of all residents.
At a meeting with Ebury Bridge Residents last month Tory Leader Cllr Nickie Aiken admitted that the Council’s plans for the regeneration of the estate had failed and they had not found a developer who can take the scheme on. Her solution is to go back to the drawing board and start the process again.
During the four long years since the 2013 referendum in favour of the original scheme we have seen residents frustrated at the Council’s poor communications with cancelled meetings and promised regular newsletters not appearing.
Residents’ lives have been put on hold due to the poor management of the project with major works not taking place and some residents who have lived on the estate for decades moved out as a result of the frustration they have felt with the lack of progress.
Cllr Jason Williams said: “It is appalling that residents have been put through all this uncertainty only for the Tories to admit defeat four years later. They have mismanaged the whole process and should have engaged architects and developers from the outset. It is essential that residents are kept informed and engaged in the process and that any further plans should be subject to a referendum of all residents before they can go ahead.”
Previously questioning from Labour Councillors has revealed that an eye-watering £29 million has been spent on the Ebury Bridge Estate regeneration scheme before a brick has even been laid. We believe that money could have been better spent on facilities for the local community.
We want to hear your views on how you think Ebury Bridge Estate could be redeveloped for the benefit of the community or if you would like to be kept updated on our campaigns on the estate. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.