Residents of Cressingham Gardens held a “We love Cressingham!” event on Saturday to show how much the estate is loved by residents and therefore why it should not demolished.
There was food and drinks, face painting, performances by local musicians, poetry readings and “a chance for residents to chat about the future of the estate.”
Regeneration plans by Lambeth Council for Cressingham Gardens include the demolition, or partial demolition, of the estate, forcing the eviction of residents from their homes.
Residents would prefer to see the estate refurbished so that people aren’t forced out of Brixton and the community is not torn apart.
Last month residents accused Lambeth Council of “grossly inflating” the cost of the refurbishment.
At the event were Eileen and Michael O’Keeffe, who were that day celebrating 39 years on the estate.
“We don’t want to lose our community,” Michael said. “If we are forced out, our lives will be totally destroyed.”
Eileen added: “We arrived here in 1976, its our home. Where will we go? We’re too old to start somewhere new, how can we afford it?”