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Residents protest as cash for South Thamesmead regeneration agreed

PUBLISHED: 18:18 15 November 2012

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

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A £30,000 fund to regenerate South Thamesmead was agreed at a meeting at The Link but Bexley councillors and representatives of Gallions Housing Association were greeted by scores of protesting residents.

Members of Thamesmead Home Owners Association are angry at perceived extra charges levied on them by Gallions.

Mike Dias, of the home owners association, said: “We will continue to fight for what we consider to be justice.”

The Thamesmead Match Fund has been established to support resident-led projects and will go towards improving parks and streets among other things.

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce said: “I’m pleased the council is engaging with Thamesmead and I welcome any investment in the local community.”

The fund will pay for the material, tools and professional services needed to deliver the projects and the meeting at The Link showed off the state-of-art facilities available to the community.

Trust Thamesmead chief executive Mick Hayes said: “Despite the difficult economic times there is a powerful optimism in Thamesmead, the most hopeful I have ever known.

“We are beginning to see real progress through collaboration.”

Capital for the Thamesmead Match Fund is being provided by the Greater London Authority.

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