Goldsmiths takes action to Stop the Rot

Earlier this year, BC served as a platform for the launch of Stop the Rot, a campaign designed to persuade Goldsmiths to deal with its portfolio of decaying New Cross properties, which were having a deleterious effect on the neighbourhood. In response, Goldsmiths promised to look into what could be done.

Now, Cllr Johnson has received this answer from Council officers about Goldsmiths' progress:

Officers from the Council's Economic Development and Programme Management teams have continued to have discussions with the University to explore how the shops on 302-314 New Cross Road could be bought back into use. Goldsmith's expect to begin the refurbishment of at least two of the shops in 2012.

Council officers will continue to work with the college to explore opportunities to secure funding for the refurbishment of all of the five shops. The two empty properties on St Donnat’s Road (numbers 38 and 80) have been sold for residential use, subject to contract.

A coordinated effort between the public and politicians leading to swift and decisive action. This is a moment to savour.