Southwark Council leader Peter John has promised to “bring an end to an eyesore” by demolishing three derelict and “pretty grotty” houses on Albion Street.

The council’s cabinet this week agreed to buy the freehold of the houses at 71, 73 and 75 Albion Street for an undisclosed sum.

In her introduction to the cabinet report, Cllr Fiona Colley wrote: “I’m delighted to bring this report today which represents the beginning of the end of the eyesore that is 71-75 Albion Street. With the purchase of the freehold of the properties we will be able to demolish these long empty, derelict homes and build brand new council homes as part of our 11,000 new council homes.

“This site will become another element of the regeneration of Albion Street with projects including more new council homes on the site of the former library and behind the school, the rebuilding and expansion of Albion School, weekly market and regular Scandinavian Markets and the creation of a new public square outside the beautiful Norwegian Church.

“I have every confidence that Albion Street is on the up!”

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