Writing the minutes of last week’s Abbey Wood Traders’ Association minutes took up all morning and more, they are the longest ever
and there is not a single thing I can drop hints about.
I suppose that as a local resident I can offer the personal view that I remain pessimistic about the area south of the railway line. To the north the old can be pulled down and renewed but there is no prospect of that in and around Wilton Road.
Regeneration can be a mixed blessing. My house was so badly plumbed I gradually stripped it all out and did the job properly, like actually putting an olive and nut on the inlet to the hot water tank and solving the dreadful internal condensation problems. I became quite a good customer of Plumb Center opposite Sainsbury’s.
Plumb Center’s last day of trading will be 20th December and every one of the staff, some of whom have been there 20 plus years, have been made redundant. Really helpful people too and the Crayford branch is unlikely to be as good.
Those who have been moaning about Greenwich Council not emptying their Felixstowe Road bins since the new station opened seven and a half weeks ago can stop moaning now. By lunchtime today everything had been cleaned up.
I don’t think Greenwich did too badly. It is understandable that an abandoned footpath would be dropped off the cleaning schedule and the first reports of a problem would not have reached them until last Friday.
A day to argue whether it was their problem or Bexley’s. A day to decide to inform their cleaning contractor and another day to rearrange the schedules.
Whatever the case they attended to the mess quicker than a new Belvedere fly tip reported to Bexley Council on Wednesday last week.