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Walk this way

New London Architecture are to host a discussion and walk around Southwark to which none of us are welcome.

A week or so ago, we were alerted to New London Architecture's event 'On Location: Southwark', which is to include a discussion at London South Bank University and walks around the 'major development opportunity areas', ie Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury Estate, Old Kent Road, Canada Water and Peckham. Anyone with a spare £358.80 is welcome to attend.

As nobody we know who lives and breathes Southwark can afford this, we contacted NLA to ask for 30 free tickets for Southwark residents - they do, after all, say that their events are for "all those with a stake in the future of the city – politicians, professionals and the public", and that they "bring the broadest group of people from all disciplines and communities together to share knowledge and debate the city’s unprecedented growth." A number of other Southwark residents also contacted NLA to ask that they include at least a few community speakers.

We then accidentally discovered that NLA were one of the co-sponsors of the London Real Estate Forum and thought that perhaps they weren't quite as independent and public-spirited as they claim to be.

It has since transpired that NLA had changed or added wording for the event on their own website, to say that, "This event is aimed at development professionals working across the built environment. Members of the community who would like to talk to the council regarding any specific areas should visit Southwark Council's website http://www.southwark.gov.uk/regeneration "

"Members of the community who would like to talk to the council regarding any specific areas should visit Southwark Council's website." Who would've thought it?

Seems that we, Southwark 'public' are just the 'wrong kind' again? The kind that, in real life, trumps a 'development professional' any day of the week just by being alive and a part of their neighbourhoods (places where people live in homes, not units, where things, not opportunities, good and bad, happen to people, not 'negative value assets')?

The event is to take place on 14th July 2016. Please let us know your thoughts by commenting below or emailing us directly.

See also:

An event to sell Southwark neighbourhoods to developers

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