Sigh. Once again a walk through one of the most deprived areas in the country – let alone London or Greenwich borough – offers an insight into how an area of 3,000 homes is again and again forgotten and ignored.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that *every* single trip to Abbey Wood recently presents neglect in the same areas amongst an estate that is neglected.
An area befitting Royal status? You be the judge.
Now this may seem a parochial post about one area but really it’s about how an inept authority can squander a once-in-a-lifetime chance to improve for residents who deserve better, while swanning around and forgetting to look after residents.
Welcome to Abbey Wood estate. An area I grew up in, have family and friends and visit regularly and am pretty sick of how it’s left to rot by a so-called “Royal” borough.
Built in a time of austerity in the late 1950s it’s nonetheless a great piece of design given the constraints of the time. Spacious homes with windows that let light flood in. Homes that create neighbourly relations. Ample green areas for children to play. It’s a wonder what the London County Council managed back then with so little funds.
It’ll never win architectural awards but it does provide a place many can live comfortably and happily. Yet it’s an area left to rot by Greenwich council for decades now – and long before cuts.
Yep, t same he council that have been dining out on that Royal title for a decade now and at this moment are making a song and dance about current events while they seem content as the poorest areas of the borough are ignored, again, much as they have been for many years even as new builds bring the council funding.
I’ve been meaning to write about the state of the place quite a lot recently. There’s a lot to cover. Both macro and micro issues.
Whether it be the same old areas where rubbish is dumped almost daily for – and I shit you not – 15 years or the “improved” areas already falling apart or failing to utilise funds from big changes locally, it’s a litany of shame for departments and officers in Greenwich Council and elected representatives. Though I wonder if some (many?) even know where it is.
Outside authorities in the form of TfL and Crossrail have spent £6 million to improve some areas – though they’ve fallen into disrepair immediately.
The new pavement near the Elizabeth line station has been dug up and tarmacked over. It’s only Abbey Wood though, right?
The landscaped areas are full of rubbish.
When this was being consulted upon many people said plans were crap if no upkeep planned. Those given the job had so little clue they talked of “Bexley Heath” Council.
Authorities listened to those who didn’t have a clue. Maybe if councillors of officers themselves knew the area and could feedback it would help. No sign of it though.
God knows what the dumped blocks of concrete are about. Security measures? It’s a shitshow.
I walked passed a certain area for years on Mottisfont Road to go to work and saw rubbish dumped on a daily basis. Nothing was ever done. It was one reason I started blogging all those years ago, and get this, it’s still happening. Daily. Fifteen fucking years of it.
No one working in the “Royal” borough has apparently ever thought to discretely put up a camera to catch who it is. For 15 years.
Sure, they’ll collect the dumped rubbish but the idea of being proactive? It doesn’t exist. Institutional failure writ large. The next day stuff will be dumped again.
Why should people in one of the most deprived areas suffer this? Would it happen elsewhere? I know for a fact people have complained but get ignored. I have emails from locals showing it. I have emailed and reported. Nothing changes.
Councillors bang on about various old shite but ignore their own patch. Officers laugh under such little scrutiny.
We seem to have a Labour council in Greenwich borough more concerned with Royal titles than helping residents. How many councillors have ever remarked or took the initiative on this? How many bang on about the Royal status? A lot more for the latter.
Money suddenly appears however to give to their own company for “investigations” and “research” into how technology can help places with this sort of issue. Obviously it’s just a trial in one small area and that is where all the money seems to be going. I’m sure after months of extensive research and many a pound spent some ground-breaking result will emerge. Like, err, put some cameras up in hotspots?
By then though the money has been spent on a trial via their own company and sorry folks, no money for other areas. Some are quids in.
No gravy train here you know with giving money to their own company DG Cities. No siree. This is incredibly important work given to their own company and its staff while deprived areas elsewhere are ignored. This is where funding simply must be given.
In one part of Abbey Wood estate there’s a former community centre which Royal Greenwich sold to a private developer, and nothing has happened since to build homes.
The landowner cannot be bothered to keep it even in half presentable condition, and so rubbish is dumped on site. This is beside one of the estate’s shopping parades and the estate’s main park entrances.
Look closely and you can see the new towers in the background.
Any income from those for the local area? Don’t be silly.
Would this happen where councillors live? Do they ever visit these spots?
If this post seems like diatribe against institutional failure then good, as that’s what it is. What the hell are the area’s councillors doing? Are they blind? Have they no idea? Do they *ever* walk around here?
Christ, how many authorities can see an £18 billion railway arrive and a number of major developments be approved yet be so blind to basic upkeep of a major area next door and “forget” to allocate related income for improvements?
Once again this is one of the most deprived areas in the country. Not just the borough, or city, but nationally.
I’m well aware I’ve covered this all before. Though much was before new developments started rising and ensuing income arrived.
Yet in recent weeks the same old problems are starker than ever and this lamentable excuse for a council bang on about their Royal status. If only the Labour council gave half as much attention to the poorest areas as their get togethers in the Town Hall to drone on about Royal this and Royal that. How detached are they from those they are supposed to represent?
Let’s also not pretend no one is telling them and the authority about this. My inbox has numerous examples of the council being informed and little happening.
Abbey Wood councillors bang on about various things but the issue of people living in dignity and not amongst neglect and filth in various areas isn’t amongst what’s bothering them judging by what they say online. Perhaps that’s what happens if you don’t live or seemingly ever walk among it.
Never mind though, as the next jolly with a Royal title is surely just around the corner. Bottoms up.