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June 2016

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Central Hill Open Gardens Estates

Crystal Palace, London. Sat 18 June 2016

  

 
 A private estate close to Central Hill

 Central Hill Estate, designed by Rosemary Stjernstedt (1912–1998) working for Lambeth borough under Ted Hollamby (1921-99)

 The estate was completed in 1974 with 374 homes. More views of the estate here

 The Open Estates Day here was centred around the lawn in front of 'City Prospect'

 Jane Nicholl and Ian Bone of Class War arrived at the same time as me

 Jane was wearing the latest Class War sticker 'This Estate is Not for Sale'

 Behind the fence were stalls with food (for donations) a book stall, the exhibition of the alternative plans and more

 

 

 The exhibition showing alternative plans that would increase housing on the site without demolition

 Priate cake stall

 

  Ian Bone looks at the book stall
 
and comes up with 'Anarchy and Old Dogs' 

People from the estate and their views on display 

At left, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood Helen Hayes 

One block on the estae houses shops and the Upper Norwood Community Resource Centre  

 

Opposite the shops is a block with a nuclear bunker at its base 

 

There was free tea, coffee and cakes for OAPs in the Resource Centre 

 

 

Simon Elmer of Architects for Social Housing asks Helen Hayes MP why she is at the Open Estates event  

when she has campaigned on the estate for the councillors who want to demolish it
   

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