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Heygate estate was a large Southwark council owned estate renting flats at highly subsidised rates to London's poor - the working poor and unemployed. I don't believe it suffered as much by way of crime and vandalism as a nearby estate (Aylesbury estate) which still exists and I used to live on it and is about a 10 minute walk from Heygate estate. The tenants that did live here have now been re-housed either within the borough of Southwark or far further afield. Some people have likened this to a form of 'poor cleansing', removing the peasants from London - evacuees to be moved permanently away so those with money, including overseas investors who have no intention of moving into their new properties but hope to get a good return on their investment in London property can move in and mix with those with a similar income. It wouldn't be right to have the poor and well to do mix together! Elephant Park is now in the process of being built where Heygate estate used to be. There will be very little in the way of social housing so the smelly, scummy, chavvy, ugly, unintelligent elements of society known as the poor will very unlikely not be anle to move in to one of the sexy new flats being built here

Heygate estate - now you see it now you don't

This image is one of thirty three London photos selected for the month of FEBRUARY 2016

 photo by michael crossley (Peckham - Paris - New York)