Southwark Liberal Democrats have commented on the final stages of the demolition of the Heygate estate this week, hitting out at the council for failing to secure more affordable homes in the new development.

Blocks at the Heygate are now being pulled down, paving the way for new flats - 75% of which will be private. Local Liberal Democrats have long been critical of the poor deal Labour council bosses got from developers, which included only a handful of new homes at social rents.

Commenting, Leader of Southwark Liberal Democrats Cllr Anood Al-Samerai said:

"People want empty blocks to be demolished, but it’s completely wrong that Labour went against the council's own policy of 35% affordable homes."

"Southwark Lib Dems have always been on the side of residents at the Elephant by arguing for a mixed community with homes which local people can afford and where the number of Heygate flats at council rents were replaced."

"It is a scandal that a council estate which had 1200 flats is being knocked down in return for a new build with only 79 at council rents. Labour rushed a deal with developers which has meant local people will be priced out of our area. What's the point of regeneration if local people can't afford to live in it?"

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