Sunday 21 August 2005 11.00am
There is an amazing range of knowledge in SE1, so thought I would try.
Someone in my street has had scaffolding up for ages - I am told for over six months. No work seems to being done on the house. The scaffolding has attracted old carpets and more rubbish. And inevitably once something starts looking like a dump more gets added. It is an eyesore. More to the point the houses in our street are listed and in a conservation area. It seems crazy that we can't even choose the colour of our front door, yet there seem to be no powers to ask someone to take scaffolding down.
I have spoken to a really helpful person in Lambeth Housing, who had already seen the mess and wondered about it. There are potentially some building control and Conservation avenues to do with the works carried out on the house, but nothing, it seems, to prevent someone attaching scaffolding and leaving it there, despite the potential risk to the security of neighbouring housing and the visual impact on a listed building and conservation area.
This does not sound right. Surely after six months scaffolding would be seen as a permanent structure or something. So I thought I would throw it open to the experts on the forum. Rabbie, Niall, Northernboy......