Six Acres Estate to get facelift


[from Islington Gazette]

Six Acres Estate to get facelift
11 April 2008
How the Six Acres Estate will look
How the Six Acres Estate will look

THE 1960s estate where Sex Pistols punk rock legend Jonny Rotten grew up is set to be revamped to make it less dangerous.

The Six Acres Estate, off Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, has long been known as one of Islington’s most crime ridden housing estates.

Only last week the Gazette reported that youngsters who live in the run-down blocks are being overlooked by employers simply because of their undesirable addresses.

Now there is hope for the future after Islington Council approved a major regeneration project which will include new roads, new housing, a new central square and a concierge system.

Former Six Acres resident Theresa Coyle, who is chairwoman of Homes for Islington’s investment and delivery committee, said: “We are committed to improving the quality of Islington’s housing and the standard of Islington’s estates.

“This is an exciting time for the Six Acres Estate with the investment in improved security, improved environmental measures and new housing. This will hugely improve the estate and the quality of life in the wider area.”

Last year the estate’s Churnfield block was demolished. All the remaining blocks will be upgraded with new entrances and better security, while 164 new homes will be built by the One Housing Group.

The project was agreed by Islington Council’s east area committee.

A council spokesman said: “The Six Acres project presents Islington Council and Homes for Islington with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to give local residents a really good environment in which to live and raise a family. Many of the new homes will be affordable.

“As our current Housing Strategy Consultation is demonstrating, residents are helping us set priorities for our housing – whether it’s block refurbishment, estates rebuilding, more affordable homes or more private housing.


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