Can anyone tell me what the aylwin estate is like? I'm thinking of moving to one of the neighbouring streets and was wondering if it's a troublespot or not. It looks like a quiet, well kept estate, but you can't really tell just by looks alone....
I think there are 2 parts of it - there's a small block on grange walk, and there's about 3 or 4 much bigger blocks at the end of grange walk at the corner of fendall street. It's the big blocks I was worried about...
Thanks red bus - I'll try the cops and see what they say. I live a long way from southwark so it's going to be a bit tricky to visit the estate at night. It'd be great if it was possible to get crime stats for small areas - don't suppose anyone knows how/where this kind of info could be found...?
You need to type in the postcode (which the estate agent should have) and then you'll get a breakdown of the area according to crime rates, demographic profile, pollution etc etc etc. It's quite useful, at least in terms of getting a more analytical sense of what you're buying into.
I live just over the road from that estate and have never seen or heard any trouble. Of course, there was that murder in the flats just over the other side of Abbey Street from the Aylwin Estate last year, but it doesn't seem as if that was a random thing (obviously, that doesn't make it okay, but unrandom murder is easier to deal with than random murder, if you see what I mean - you don't get that "Oh my God - it could have been me!" reaction to it.)
I feel really safe round here, and am happy to walk along the streets on my own at night, unlike when I lived in the green suburbs of Ealing, which was full of random rapes and murders and where I wouldn't have walked along the Uxbridge Road alone at night if you paid me.
Basically, it's a nice area, and as safe as anywhere in London. And possibly safer than a lot of places in London.
Yeah, seconded. I live in an ex-council building just off the Old Kent Rd (near the Tower Bridge roundabout) and I've never had any bother. I am a woman living alone.
One thing that would be worth doing is chatting to some people who live there - try hanging around and stopping people in the street, or ask in local stores. I did that and it's a great way of getting past your own paranoias (or seeing if your hunches are correct.)