Lib Dem Councillors seek reassurances on the future of homes at Elephant & Castle

A consultation being carried out by Transport for London (TfL) on their proposals to extend the Bakerloo line has raised serious concerns about the future of residential homes at the Elephant & Castle.  

hael In their public consultation document, TfL are consulting on potential sites for a new ticket hall for the Bakerloo line which would require land at ground level to be used as a worksite. The proposed area under consideration includes hundreds of residential homes, including a large number of council properties.

Concerns about the future of properties in the area under consideration were raised when Liberal Democrat politicians met with senior officials from TfL. At the meeting, hosted by Caroline Pidgeon AM, TfL were unable to rule out the possibility of any homes being demolished.

As the landlord for a significant number of the properties in the area under consideration, Liberal Democrat ward councillors have written to the Council to seek reassurances that they would not agree to any deal with TfL that would result in the demolition of local residents’ homes or the loss of council owned green space. The council so far has yet to respond to the letter. 

Councillor David Noakes (pictured right), Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and a Cathedrals ward councillor, said:

“When I first saw the plans I was surprised to see the area currently under consideration included hundreds of local residents’ homes.”

“While we strongly support the plans to extend the Bakerloo line and improve the accessibility and capacity at the Elephant & Castle we do not believe that any homes or council owned green space should be lost or destroyed. That is why we are calling on the Council to rule out that they would support such an option.”

“We will continue to seek reassurances from both the Council and TfL regarding their plans and fight the corner of local residents on this issue.”

“With less than a week left, I strongly encourage local residents to make their voices heard and take part in the public consultation which ends on Friday 21st April.”

To read more about the consultation and make your comments, visit the TfL website here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bakerloo-extension/