The estate we're in
What a relief to see ‘The Great Estate: The Rise and Fall of the Council House’ on BBC Four this week
Written and presented by The Likes of Us author Michael Collins, the documentary argued that government changes to council housing rules had destroyed residents’ sense of cultural ownership – the postwar rehousing programme’s most hard-won and positive achievement.
Turning to Park Hill in Sheffield, the programme touched on another overlooked achievement. A resident since 1960 reminisced: ‘The pubs were all together so my dad, he could go and get drunk on the inside without getting wet on t’outside, because he could go round the landing down the lift, straight in, you know.’ The camera then cuts to a resident drinking in the pub who explained: ‘The best bit I like about it is I come down six steps and I’m in here.’