We’re fighting on - JR Appeal to Save the Elephant’s Diverse Community

by Jerry Flynn for Up the Elephant

We’re fighting on - JR Appeal to Save the Elephant’s Diverse Community

by Jerry Flynn for Up the Elephant
Jerry Flynn for Up the Elephant
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We are a network of traders, residents, tenants, trade unionists and campaign groups at the Elephant and Castle fighting against the destruction of our local shopping centre community.
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Latest: April 6, 2020

We're still waiting for a decision

Dear Friends

We are still waiting for a decision on our application for permission to appeal . All parties exchanged written arguments last week and the matter now rests with the court.

We cannot say w…

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We are a network of traders, residents, tenants, trade unionists and campaign groups at the Elephant and Castle, supporting Jerry Flynn’s case to fight against the destruction of our local shopping centre community.

The regeneration of the Elephant has already lost us over a thousand council homes from the demolished Heygate estate, a scandal in a borough with desperate housing need. Now, property developer Delancey has won permission to demolish our local shopping centre and replace it with new shops and nearly a thousand homes, but only 116, at best, will be social rented – and we will have to wait at least ten years to get them. Without our struggle it would have been even worse - Delancey proposed only 33 social rented homes!

We took our fight to stop Delancey to the High Court. Despite the justice of our case and the hard work of our talented legal team we lost in our attempt to quash the planning permission.

But we believe the case is too vital for the local community to end here.  

So, we want to take the case to the Court of Appeal. 

To do this we need your help to raise £3000.

And whilst we may have lost in court first time, we are winning victories on the street. As well as highlighting the appalling lack of social housing in this development, our campaign focuses attention on the plight of the shopping centre traders, faced with the loss of their businesses and livelihoods.  As a consequence, Southwark, the local authority has pledged £200,000 to help traders with relocation.  This is on top of gains already made, in the amount of social housing, securing Delancey's relocation fund and getting relocation premises for traders.

We also still have our great legal team working hard on our behalf - Paul Heron, of the Public Interest Law Centre and barristers, Sarah Sackman of Francis Taylor Building and David Wolfe QC of Matrix Chambers, as well as the support of Southwark Law Centre.

With your help we can get more social housing and a better deal for traders at the Elephant.

Please donate as much or as little as you can afford - everything is gratefully received!  

Please share with your friends - https://twitter.com/uptheelephant_?lang=en https://www.facebook.com/Up-the-Elephant-1117314135042279/

You can read more about our campaign here.


Update 3

Jerry Flynn for Up the Elephant

April 6, 2020

We're still waiting for a decision

Dear Friends

We are still waiting for a decision on our application for permission to appeal . All parties exchanged written arguments last week and the matter now rests with the court.

We cannot say when we we will hear a decision, particularly in these very uncertain times, but as soon as we hear anything we will let everyone know.

In the meantime Southwark Council is set to approve the £200,000 assistance for traders, won by our campaign, tomorrow.  This money should be distributed immediately as cash grants to traders, whose situation has been rendered dire by the Coronavirus crisis.

Less happily, Southwark is also set to agree measures which will override local residents' legal rights, should they suffer loss of light, due to the shopping centre development, and to assume compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers, on behalf of Delancey.  Both these moves are designed to facilitate a scheme that will deliver a paltry 116 social rented homes, out of nearly a thousand new homes and displace traders wholesale.

You can help us fight these moves, by sharing these hashtags;

#supporttradersnotdelancey #supportelephantnotdelancey #ElephantJR

You can also read more here

Many thanks for your continued support and please all stay well!

Regards

Jerry


Update 2

Jerry Flynn for Up the Elephant

March 19, 2020

We've reached our £3,000 target!

Dear Friend

We've now reached the thirty-day £3,000 target of our CrowdJustice appeal, in our fight to overturn the shopping centre planning approval. We achieved this in just 16 days and it could not have been done without your continuing support. Our stretch target is £5,000.

We are still waiting for a decision on our application for permission to appeal. This does not require a hearing, but it may be that there is a delay because of the general coronavirus emergency. We will let everyone know the answer as soon as we hear.

Meantime the Up the Elephant Campaign continues to support the shopping centre traders. Southwark Law Centre and Latin Elephant have both been working with traders.

Our key demands are that rent and service charges are suspended, that the relocation fund is increased and that the shopping centre is not closed until traders and businesses have been relocated or suitably compensated. This has become a matter of urgency.

Regards
Jerry

Update 1

Jerry Flynn for Up the Elephant

March 16, 2020

We're almost there!

Dear Friend

We have raised a fantastic £2,845 in two weeks, towards our appeal fund to overturn the shopping centre planning permission.

This is all down to your terrific support.

We need just £155 more to get to our £3,000 target.

Please help us by sharing and donating - with just a bit more we will be there!

Many thanks for your continuing support,

Regards
Jerry

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