Richard sounds like a Saint! The South London Press are touting for new columnists (don't want to pay - just offer the chance to get your rants about/views on living in South London in print). Richard should definately give it a go!!
No matter how I struggle and strive, I'll never get out of this world alive. - Little Willys
That's right he is the guy behind Guerilla Gardening.
His twin brother and wife used to live opposite Perronnet in Metro Central Heights- they were neighbours of ours, and lovely people.
Reading his blog, I don't understand why people would want to live in that building- but flats in there come up for sale and are snapped up.
It's popular because ex-local authority flats tend to be more generously proportioned than privately developed ones, and as far as council blocks go it looks quite well maintained (from the outside at least).
I know I'm not going to be popular, but if he hates Peronet so much, I suggest he moves. His blog isn't particuarly shocking, if those things are the worst that has happened to him living in London, he should be happy.
If he rents, then there will be a long list of people wanting his flat, as rents are cheap. If he's bought, he should sell and move. But of course E&C is convenient, and everything will go up in value when the development is finsihed, maybe that's why people are keen to buy there.
I think the comment about it being a concrete deathtrap is particularly unhelpful. Many of us live in tower blocks and were disturbed by the fire in Albert Barnes. But there are actually very few deadly fires in tower blocks, and the Council and the Fire Brigade target tower blocks to fit free smoke alarms (I read that there was a fire recently in the Heygate, where a council fitted smoke alarm woke the residents at 4am, and saved their lives).
Looking at the aftermath of the fire in Albert Barnes, it's amazing that no one died, so obviously the flats must have something going for them.
Where did you get the idea the blogger hates living at Perronet House? Sure, he talks about some tiresome aspects of life there, and there are things he would like to be changed, but the comments seems very sensible and justified, and on the whole he does seem to be happy. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your neighbours.