£800,000 of works to improve and green the communal areas in-between blocks on the Tulse Hill Estate have now largely been completed and welcomed by local people. Back in 2019, representatives from the Tenants & Residents Association and Lambeth Housing began the process of designing and consulting on what residents wanted to see change. Following lobbying by both ourselves as Ward Councillors and residents, the Council had already begun installing CCTV to cover the estate and ensuring all blocks had security controlled doors. On larger estates such as the Tulse Hill Estate, these big projects can be difficult to deliver on time and within budget – but partnership working between Tulse Hill Estate residents and Lambeth Council on the design of the improvements have led to people being really pleased with the outcome.
The works, once fully complete, will see an increase in the number of bin and bike stores on the estate; new trees, grassed areas and raised beds for planting; a brand new children’s playground; traffic calming and improvements to the parking arrangements. This round of improvement works comes on the back of the refurbishment of the football/basketball court in the middle of the estate in 2019 (something requested by young people following the death of John Ogunjobi) and the refurbishment of the small hall in the TRA-managed Jubilee Hall community facility as part of provision for under 5’s.
Elsewhere in Tulse Hill Ward, over £10,000 of improvements have been made to Rush Common. A new children’s playground, a dominos table and “woodland walk” were put in and hundreds of bulbs and plants planted as part of a plan co-designed with residents from the St Matthew’s Estate. We want to know if there are other areas of Tulse Hill Ward you think could benefit from similar improvements – so why not let us know?