The proposal by the Council and its development partners L&Q Group to redevelop the next phase of the Aylesbury Regeneration Programme, between Sedan Way, East Street and Thurlow Street, includes the removal of the Green Link and the mature trees along Sedan Way at the boundary with the Alvey Estate. This area is proposed to be replaced with a road and footpath at the boundary with the Alvey Estate adjacent to the existing play area, with no trees on the footpath adjacent to the Alvey Estate.
The existing Green Link on Sedan Way has a number of mature trees as well as grassed area at the boundary with the Alvey Estate and its children’s play area. The new road proposals will eliminate the current trees and green route. Also this is currently a very safe pedestrian route for the children of the area to go to Surrey Square and is well used by the school for the pupils to go to Darwin Court to the north to use their facilities.
For the past 3 years representatives of Friends of Surrey Square Park, including representatives from the Alvey Estate, have been working with the other parks in the area to develop a Green Links Strategy for East Walworth, which has now been incorporated into the Southwark Green Network, also the Aylesbury Action Plan has supported the introduction Green Fingers network be linked into the East Walworth Green Links Strategy, however on this site the strategy has been ignored.
A critical part of this approach is to link the Bagshot Street green finger through Surrey Square Park up to East Street via Sedan Way; the new proposals to develop Site 7 of the Aylesbury Regeneration have been developed without preserving the current green link (see attached plan of proposed development).
We need support to convince the Council and the developers L&Q Group and their architects to look again at the designs to prioritise retaining this green link which is a critical point in delivering the wider strategies to regenerate the wider area, including the Alvey Estate, not just the Aylesbury Estate
The Friends of Surrey Square Park & Alvey Tenants and Leaseholders Association