Last week this site covered plans to spend money on a patch of greenery by Creek Road in Greenwich. Whilst some of the work looks good two main points arose; will landscaped areas be maintained and will an adjacent council estate be improved alongside given it has been poorly maintained for so long?
Not doing so will further increase the contrast between the two areas. What’s interesting is the area they want to focus money is already *better* than the estate:
I hadn’t taken any pics for around a year of the Haddo and Thornham Street estate since scaffolding was evident on the main estate tower. If work was being carried out on the buildings surely some investment on crumbling public spaces surrounding the site would be undertaken? Well, that would happen in the vast majority of authorities across the country – and many of those have far fewer new developments bringing in many millions of pounds.
But, no, of course it hasn’t. The scaffolding has gone but public space remains pretty terrible. Why break the habit of a lifetime.
I’m not sure the pictures do a good enough job of showing the extent of neglect.
The tower has a sizable space currently used for nothing. There’s any number of better uses for this land:
The wider area is scruffy and underutilised by residents:
The estate already looks quite incongruous with new builds all around. Barely a penny from those has gone towards the estate. That divide will only widen when Greenwich Council work on the green area opposite New Capital Quay and ignore this area (which is less visible to tourists).
I’ll channel Neil Kinnock here, and what we have is a Labour Council, a Labour Council, apparently content to leave council estates to rot as money flows in from new developments. Baffling. It’s as though those in more deprived areas aren’t worthy of places they can be proud to call home.
When I have residents emailing me showing years of futile attempts at communications with the authority to even do the basics, let alone improve areas then things seem very, very broken. This all goes back long before cuts and shows chronic mismanagement – often to the detriment of the poorest.
Yet head over to the Cutty Sark and an estate there is one of the few that has seen investment. What does that tell us? It can be done – but only when the eyes of the world are on them?