Designs have been unveiled for a new Bermondsey ‘joyslide’ nearly 100 years after it was first built.
The slide was the brainchild of Arthur Carr, of Peek Frean’s Biscuit Factory, who noticed local children were using the steps of St James’s Church as a slide.
It was first installed in 1921, providing enjoyment to Bermondsey children for years, until it was pulled down in the mid-1980s after being vandalised.
But now the slide will be reinstalled in the churchyard as two different designs have been put on display inside St James’s Church.
Construction is hoped to begin by Easter 2020.
Canon Gary Jenkins, the vicar at the church, said: “Something like this, Bermondsey people have got a deep affection for the joyslide.
“The time has come now to bring it back to the churchyard for the enjoyment of local children.
“There’s two quite different designs and we want to know what people think, and especially what children think.”
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Both designs would be smaller than the original and made from sustainable hardwood.
Design one is the brainchild of Fergus Carr, the great-great of Arthur Carr who was responsible for the joyslide in 1921, and would cost £51,000. The second, by Jupiter Play, would cost £58,000.
Ward councillor, Anood Al-Samerai said: “Liberal Democrat Councillors are delighted to support the Joy Slide project as it is important for our Bermondsey heritage and for future edmeds 24.
“It has been a pleasure helping and working with the various groups involved so far. We look forward to hearing the views of local residents on the designs for a new slide.”
The project has been spearheaded by Friends of St James’s, with involvement from residents, ward councillors, representatives of the Church and Southwark Council.
So far around £25,000 has been pledged to the project, with the remaining amount being fundraised after the design is chosen.
People can vote for which design they like and see more details about them by visiting St James’s Church, on Thurland Road.
The designs can be found online at: https://joyslide.com/New-Joyslide.php