Problem estate renewal gives children places to play

Run-down London estate gets £5 million overhaul

A north London estate once described as “virtually taken over by the forces of criminality” has had a £5 million makeover. The comment was made by MP Oliver Letwin in 2003, when he was shadow home secretary. Clarence Way has now undergone environmental improvements, including better play facilities. Camden Borough Council appointed English Landscapes as principal contractor to complete a £700,000 external works package. It planted shrubs and evergreens, and installed new paving, paths and parking bays. Contractors also built a crazy golf course on a little-used car park. English Landscapes South managing director Philip Smith commented: “This was a challenging project that was undertaken in difficult circumstances.”

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