Interview with Doreen Dower from the Silwood Estate on top down regeneration.
Interviews with two community activists, Doreen Dower and Jessica Leech, who live on neighbouring housing estates, the Silwood and the Pepys estates respectively, separated by a rail track but pushed into one SRB (Single Regeneration Budget) regeneration scheme. The Silwood SRB was an entirely council led bid whereas the Pepys residents, to the authorities surprise, put in their own bid.
The Government Office for London insisted they come together as one scheme. Lewisham Council used the social development "outputs" of the Pepys Estate to cover their total lack on the Silwood.
The rationalisation was that the council saw the Pepys social development projects as a pilot for the Silwood.
Doreen Dower the Secretary of Silwood Tenants Association. Long time resident of Silwoood estate. Part-time Administrator.
Doreen talks about the top down SRB scheme, how she only knew about it when it was almost a done deal. How the "consultation" was about getting the right answers to fit the council's SRB bid. How they were never told about the Pepys part of the scheme, in fact it even produced hostility among Silwood residents who did not understand why the Pepys had social development and they had none.
Doreen talks of the lack of continuity of SRB staff, secrecy, broken promises, complete lack of support for community development. How they have even less community facilities and community cohesion now than before the regeneration scheme started.
The new facilites, when they are built will be too expensive for local groups to use and the building, with private flats above, is unsuitable for the majority of community uses.
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Location: Silwood Estate
City: London, England
Original Format - colour, mini DV, 27 mins
Language versions - english
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