Is the demolition of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre going to demolish small businesses too?
Since the last cabinet meeting in May, Southwark Council pushed back the demolition of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre to 2019. Local businesses inside and outside the Centre have been waiting for over ten years for the announcement of a final date for its demolishment but that day seems to be still far away.
The council said a “package of measures” will be provided to support 27 small businesses inside the centre but nothing has been said about the little markets right outside and their owners. Ahmed is one of them and he told us: ” I’ve known since around 2000s but they’ve delayed it every time to another three years. I don’t know what is going to happen, they’re probably going to move us somewhere else”.
Other businesses seem to be more involved in the project and one of these are Boots, whose manager Nana told us how he is not scared at the moment because: ” In the worst case scenario Boots will close its branch here to be relocated somewhere within the area”.
As the only solution seems to be waiting for the next meeting, everyone agrees that the missing communication from the Council is the only worry for now.