Major regeneration at a dilapidated 1960s sink estate officially got underway – ending a frustrating 10 year wait for residents. Diggers rolled in the Dollis valley Estate in Mays Lane more than 12 years after plans were originally drawn up to replace the 523 homes with new builds.
Speaking at the official launch on Thursday 20 March 2014, Barnet Council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: ‘It is a very special day – we’re are actually there. It is important this estate is redeveloped – it is a blot on the landscape that needs improving. It has been a lot of work and this is very pleasing.’
Phase 1 of the regeneration project, which involves the construction of 108 homes on the site of a former school and community centre, is due to be completed in April, through the regeneration will not be fully finished before 2021.
Building work represented an end to the planning and financial hurdles that have hindered the project for more than a decade.
The launch was welcomed by residents and volunteers of the estate, who said the new builds would provide an optimistic future for the young people growing up there.
Debbie Dearman, manager of the Underhill Children’s Centre, where many parents and children of the estate visit, said: ‘It is absolutely brilliant. The plans will provide an inspiring new development and we’re looking forward its completion.’
For Nigel Eade, chairman of the Dollis Valley Partnership Board which has spend 12 years dealing with the effect of the regeneration on residents, the launch represents a significant milestone. He said: ‘We have had milestones in the past with the planning and development but this really means something to the residents here – they can see something is happening. There has been immense frustration in the past and many people didn’t believe it was going to happen.’
Speaking at the launch, Richard Cherry, deputy chairman of Countryside Properties, which has been responsible for putting together the plans for the regeneration, said: ‘These projects are the most exciting and rewarding because they make a difference to people’s lives. It has been frustrating and difficult at times but we’re underway, and that is tremendous.’
For the full article see Barnet & Potters Bar Times ( dated 20th March 2014)
Below are some of the pictures taken at the Launch