Below is a small selection of articles about the Heygate estate. The numerous references to sink estates and crime served well to reinforce the council and developer's regeneration agenda, while erasing the real history of the estate. None of the articles mention the disinvestment by the council, which accounted for much of the negative perception surrounding the physical condition of the estate. Many press articles suggested that the 70′s architecture itself created poverty and deprivation, without taking into account the council's local housing policies - i.e. its decision to stop issuing secure tenancies in the late 1990s and use of housing allocation for its temporary housing obligations. Despite these policies, which undoubtedly had a negative effect on deprivation indicators, Met Police statistics showed a crime rate on the estate that was 45% below the borough average. A 1998 housing stock condition and options appraisal survey shows the estate in above average condition compared to the rest of the council's housing stock. The appraisal study found that 80% of residents did not want to move off the estate and recommended the refurbishment of around half of the estate's blocks.