Southwark Council has completed the latest wave of a refurbishment programme aimed at bringing derelict garages back into use.
Bee Urban beekeeping enthusiasts and the Brandon 3 gardening club have moved on to a newly secure, renovated site at the Brandon Estate, near Kennington Park, as part of the programme. The site, which had been targeted by squatters, is one of four being improved by the authority.
Ian Wingfield, Southwark Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, said design issues with the garage area had created security problems that had been fixed by replacing a concealing wall with railings.
“This opened up the area and gave it better security. We were then able to get on with the improvements,” he said. “The project illustrates how simple solutions to community problems can be achieved by addressing the prime cause of the trouble – and for modest sums."
New security doors were also installed as part of the refurbishment.
Work at one other site in Nutbrook Road is already finished and now fully let, while work at further sites in Hillingdon Street and Lorrimore Square is in progress.
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