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Lambeth residents fight to save their estate

Residents from Cressingham Gardens Estate in South London plan marched to Lambeth Town Hall in protest at plans to regenerate the estate which could lead to the partial or complete demolition of nearly 300 homes.

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Estate residents say they don't want to lose community spirit

Campaigners from the Cressingham Gardens estate staged a march to Lambeth Town Hall. Credit: ITV News

Residents on the Cressingham Gardens Estate in Lambeth have been explaining why they want to halt plans by the council to redevelop the estate. They say they don't want to lose the community spirit that has built up amongst the residents.

We've all known each for quite a number of years and we all look after each other. It really is community spirit and everybody gets on very well with each other.

– Michael O'Keeffe, Cressingham Gardens resident
Michael O'Keeffe is protesting against plans to demolish his estate. Credit: ITV News

Lambeth Council's plans could involve demolishing many of their homes which means the residents would have to live elsewhere while the regeneration work is going on.

It's soul-destroying, really. I mean it's heart-breaking because imagine, we've all known each other round here for such a number of years and suddenly we're going to be thrown to the four corners of the wind and we may never see each other again.

– Michael O'Keeffe, Cressingham Gardens resident

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