Wednesday 25 February 2004 11.44am
20 years ago SE1 was seen as a post-industrial wasteland and people who moved here did so with their eyes open. I know that when I came to Tanner St I looked long and hard at what was going on around me. At that time the building next door contained a small printing works, as did the building on the other side of the road. The noise that those businesses produced was part of the package and I considered the price a small one to pay.
It makes me wonder how today's homebuyers go about the task of assessing the pros and cons of a potential purchase.
Ticino Bakery, on Bermondsey St next to Gemini House, had their lives made very difficult by newcomers in Gemini House because the bakery had 'noisy' extractor fans. But the bakery had been there for at least 30 years and was fully funtional when Gemini House was converted to residential. So how did these newcomers miss the fact that there was a long established business next door which created a certain level of noise as part of its business activity.
Then I read Lulu's comments about Southwark Cathedral
. If Lulu could miss Southwark Cathedral
then nowonder people overlooked Ticino.
But it still causes me to ask exactly what do people expect from an inner city life? Is it meant to be all Laurence Lwellyn-Bowen and no Fred Dibnah?
Regards to all