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Review of the Year:  Elephant shopping centre bulldozed

A four year campaign from group Up the Elephant did not prevent the demolition of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre as planned, but achieved significant gains this year regardless.

They managed to guarantee 116 social rented homes in the regeneration project, where there had been none.

They also secured a promise for new locations for displaced traders – although this issue has continued to be a source of controversy.

Latin Elephant, who represent the traders, stated in November this year that there are roughly 40 traders still without premises, more than a year on from the demolition, and that the £634,700 relocation fund that was guaranteed for them in the agreement is not enough.

Consistent throughout protests against the regeneration has been the sense that the area is losing part of its soul to developer Delancey. Many traders say that the their old shop wasn’t just a location – it was part of the soul of Elephant and Castle.

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