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Monday 21 July 2003 4.09pm
Using the subway that links Bartholomew Street and Searles Road for the first time in ages, I had to hold my breath for the 100 or so yards ( well I tried!) the urine, the faeces, the graffiti were encrusted through the entire length. My giddy aunt is this place never never cleaned.... So staggering home I rang the switchboard and asked for the people responsible for cleaning the subways, then had the privilege of holding for the street cleaning department, gave up after ten minutes as I had to have a drink to take the odour out of my mouth.

Please can't the council employ more human beings to deal with the phone calls? and why dont we have a highways inspector who inspects the subways?

Monday 21 July 2003 4.16pm

You may want to read the thread on Rubbish collection. Apparently Nick Stanton (Leader of Southwark) informs us that ...

"The impact on streets has been widely noticed and rightly praised..."

Perhaps you might want to drop him a note?
Monday 21 July 2003 4.16pm

I know it well.... I have to use it every morning.

In between gagging I do find the state of the graffiti both funny and slightly concerning.

No potential poet lauriates in this crop I'm afraid....

In sum, a good scrub and some paint would help until the buggers get bored over school holidays and trash it again.
Monday 21 July 2003 4.57pm
Talking of subways, does anyone know what happened in the subway at the elephant yesterday? I went past on the bus (even we aristocrats have to use public transport from time to time, you know) at about 5.30 to sixish, and the part between the underground station and the shopping centre had been cordoned off by the police, and was being searched by men wearing rubber gloves.
Monday 21 July 2003 10.21pm
Saw all the activity too - but no idea what was going on. Incidently, in the last five days I have seen the police in the St George's Road area make two fairly spectacular pursuits both leading to arrests. I know that they get panned a lot and it is frustrating when you need a copper and can't get one but my impression is that the Met is much more visible on the streets in the Elephant area in the last few months and this does seem to be paying dividends. Whether of course, they are effectively backed up by the judicial system when they do make arrests, is debatable...By the way does anyone know if selling dodgy (probably nicked or illegally imported) cheap fags to kids of about ten in the Elephant underpass is a criminal activity or a Customs and Excise concern? In the last few weeks there have been loads of guys hanging around flogging individual packets of fags and for all I know, probably worse.

Tuesday 22 July 2003 9.14am
Wednesday 30 July 2003 2.11pm
Walked through this subway this morning - it hasn't been cleaned in weeks.... broken bottle has been there for at least 2 weeks and subway now smells of crap, piss AND vomit.

C'mon Southwark!
Wednesday 30 July 2003 2.28pm
Report it to the following:

Department: Environment & Leisure
Service: Grotspot
Service Manager: Cathy Twose
Opening Times: Monday - Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm; Friday 9.00am to 4.45pm
Address: 151 Walworth Rd
SE17 1RY
Telephone: 020 7525 2000
Fax: 020 7525 2093

I just have reported it. It will be interesting to see if we get a response....

Post edited (30 Jul 03 14:40)
Wednesday 30 July 2003 2.43pm
pardon the pun... but I'm not holding my breath.
Thursday 31 July 2003 12.08pm
Looked out of my window this morning saw what looked like a specialist cleaning team stop in our street, to finally clean the stinking subway.
Coming through last night there was a variety of different coloured broken bottles strewn down the slopes and stairs, trying to avoid it as I had sandals on, was not quite successful as underneath in the actual subway, s splinter of glass went in my toe! thankfully I have had a recent tetenus shot...
This excercise will cost more than a daily clean would, at least the old cleaners used to slosh disinfectant down now and again .
Why does Southwark let it get on top of them like this

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