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Furthermore, as Flynn points out, the cost of the affordable housing will still be far beyond the means of those who lived on the Heygate. Indeed, most residents were living in council housing.


He calculated that once the scheme is complete, there will be only 300 council houses left as opposed to the 1,200 in place


when he moved in. Adrian Glasspool, one of the remaining leaseholders who bought his maisonette on the site in 1997, continues living within this broken community, as the amount of money he is being offered for his home could not buy anything near the same quality. However he still considers it “Home Sweet Home.” He stresses


the fact that the Heygate reputation as a ‘crime ridden estate’, used as a major factor for the new development, was largely a product of lazy journalism and film makers who used it as the background for dark realistic dramas such as the British crime thriller Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine. He says: “There were never any murders on the site.


If you look at the crime rate statistics of the estate you will see that they were actually below those of the borough. The council used a specific language in their press releases, words that were not based on facts. Sadly, most of the articles published by journalists were copy pasted from that, and this is how the rumours went on. A product of


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