08 July 2016

Local researcher looking for resident's views about regeneration projects in South London

A local researcher is looking for resident's views about their experience of regeneration projects in South London following her visit to the recent Myatts Field North (MFN) community day.

Becca Antink is currently researching the impact of housing redevelopments at the London School of Economics and visited the MFN event to watch a screening of the documentary about the local regeneration scheme, Uprooted. Writing about the day, Becca said:

I recognised several faces from the ‘Uprooted’ documentary in the audience around me, and thought it brilliantly revealed the emotional and practical challenges of leaving a home, and how it is tied up with family memories and attachments like Miss Daley’s beloved tangerine tree.

The discussion that followed the documentary showed that MFN residents are still experiencing challenges, but I was really struck by how, in spite of this, there is such a strong sense of community. You could see it in the support for the residents’ stalls at the event, the family-friendly atmosphere and the members of the community being awarded certificates at the AGM – and it was much livelier than a typical AGM!

Another resident made a beautiful cake celebrating the diversity of the MFN community, which she had skillfully decorated with flags from all over the world. This diversity was clear to see in the strong bonds between residents of different ages and backgrounds coming together for the event.

In the last week, there has been a lot in the news about increased division and racism in the UK since the EU referendum vote. But this community event showed a much better way to be, with a mix of people from all different backgrounds working together, celebrating each other and having a good time. I’m disappointed that I had to leave before the music started up again later on, and have been told even the local policeman was throwing some shapes on the dance floor!

From what I saw at the community centre last weekend, we could do with having many more strong communities like Myatts Field North.
If you are interested in speaking to Becca about your experiences of the changing face of South London, you can email her here.