Decima Street Tenants and Residents Association chair Fola Ogunkola led a deputation of residents to the Southwark Council Cabinet meeting on 19 March 2013 to make the case for funding for a Door Entry system for the Elim Estate, Meakin Estate and Decima Street block.
These estates border the Kids Company Urban Academy at Sherborne House, Decima Street which catering for 220 young adults aged 16 and over with ‘complex and behavioural needs’. They have long suffered from problems with young people hanging around on stairways and causing problems for residents. The TRA had understood that entry doors were due to be funded through the planning system, but this money had not been forthcoming.
Fola gave a five-minute speech to the council cabinet about the nature of the problem and the need for entry doors to prevent antisocial behaviour. His fellow residents told cabinet members about the problems they were facing on a day-to-day basis and the TRA presented a message of support from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team.
> Download a copy of Fola’s speech to cabinet (pdf, 121 kb)
> Download the letter of support from the Police (pdf, 129 kb)