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Bonkers Blog January 2015

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18 January (Part 2) - Not slumming it

Abbey Tower Everyone else is at it, the Evening Standard, the News Shopper, the Maggot Sandwich; ridiculing this advertisement, that is. It featured in the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph too, so why not B-i-B?

Out of town readers may not know the flats above Sainsbury’s Cross Quarter store next to the Crossrail station were advertised as including No Social Housing.

Possibly I am alone in thinking, what is wrong with that? Would you expect the agent for a privately developed, no Boris subsidy, block to market it to other than the well heeled? Greenwich’s Labour controlled council granted the planning permission without any stipulation on affordable or social housing. The result was inevitable.

TweetMr. Barnbrook told me only last week of a friend of his friend who lives abroad, buying accommodation near Abbey Wood station purely as an investment. Sell it when the first Crossrail train runs in four years time.

Probably I shouldn’t but I find it rather amusing that some unsuspecting foreigner blind buys a flat in Abbey Tower and finds his view dominated by Coralline Walk the other side of the road. A 150 yard stroll will take him to Wolvercote Road. Plenty of social housing in both places.

But maybe in four years time the Safer Neighbourhoods Team will have worked their magic on both.


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