Neckinger Estate Demolition

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Monday 9 March 2015 4.38pm
I keep hearing rumours from various Bermondsey locals (homeowners), that the Neckinger Estate is eventually going to be demolished and replaced with more new builds etc.

Is anyone able to provide anymore insight?
Monday 9 March 2015 5.04pm
It's news to me and I can't find anything to substantiate that. I do hope it's not true. They're perfectly well built, in fact probably better constructed than the new builds surrounding them. Perhaps you could give further details of the rumours. Have the homeowners you mention been approached by the council?
Monday 9 March 2015 5.29pm
Gavin Smith wrote:
They're perfectly well built, in fact probably better constructed than the new builds surrounding them.

Though I can't draw a comparison with the construction of new builds around the estate, that of Neckinger is far from universally perfect, or well built. This is not helped by Southwark's familiar policy of reactionary (often poorly executed) repairs rather than ongoing maintenance. In addition, the major works carried out a few years ago were done to a poor standard.

The grounds of the estate are fairly well maintained, and at least the flats were built to more generous space standards than most modern ones.
Monday 9 March 2015 5.38pm
I'd concur, Janefs, re reactive rather than proactive maintenance, which seems to be a Southwark specialism, as well as substandard works.

What I meant is, from an outside perspective at least, the fabric of the building seems to be better constructed than the new builds on Spa Road - which I noticed seemed to be inflicted not soon after completion (perhaps not practical completion) with major efflorescence, which is a sign of moisture ingress. I hope it's been remedied for those living in them.

Assuming you live on the Neckinger, have you heard any of these rumours?
Monday 9 March 2015 5.40pm
Gavin Smith wrote:
They're perfectly well built, in fact probably better constructed than the new builds surrounding them.

....and you would know this because?

You sound rather jealous with that sweeping statement.
Monday 9 March 2015 5.50pm
Refer to my earlier comment about effluence. I can assure you I'm not jealous. Why would I be? My concern was that more ordinary, long-established local families would be turfed out of their homes on the Neckinger to make way for "better" new builds.
Monday 9 March 2015 5.57pm
Fair enough.

Doesn't it occur to you that at some point, the council is going to think "hmm....I know, we could keep letting people live in Central London, supported by us....or we could accept that perhaps it isn't going to be viable in the long run to keep funding this in such a central location, despite it being a nice idea, and therefore perhaps it's time relocate the residents to an area that isn't so highly priced, and so central, and doesn't cost us as much."
Monday 9 March 2015 5.58pm
Gavin Smith wrote:
Assuming you live on the Neckinger, have you heard any of these rumours?

No, and no.
Monday 9 March 2015 6.23pm
sg87 wrote:
Doesn't it occur to you that at some point, the council is going to think "hmm....I know, we could keep letting people live in Central London, supported by us....or we could accept that perhaps it isn't going to be viable in the long run to keep funding this in such a central location, despite it being a nice idea, and therefore perhaps it's time relocate the residents to an area that isn't so highly priced, and so central, and doesn't cost us as much."

As has been well explored elsewhere on this forum, the council housing stock is entirely self-financed by rent revenue and so no, I can't say that it has occurred to me. You've accused me of being jealous, but it seems you're the one with a touch of envy.
Monday 9 March 2015 6.33pm
Gavin Smith wrote:
sg87 wrote:
Doesn't it occur to you that at some point, the council is going to think "hmm....I know, we could keep letting people live in Central London, supported by us....or we could accept that perhaps it isn't going to be viable in the long run to keep funding this in such a central location, despite it being a nice idea, and therefore perhaps it's time relocate the residents to an area that isn't so highly priced, and so central, and doesn't cost us as much."

As has been well explored elsewhere on this forum, the council housing stock is entirely self-financed by rent revenue and so no, I can't say that it has occurred to me. You've accused me of being jealous, but it seems you're the one with a touch of envy.

Keep praying, I hear Croydon is lovely.
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