Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Ferrier Estate residents offered a "tin-roofed shack"

The News Shopper has an interesting story about two Ferrier residents apparently offered a "tin-roofed shack" by Greenwich Council.

I've since been down to have a look at the property and as my photo below shows it's not in quite as bad a condition as the News Shopper's old picture above suggests:

However I can certainly understand why they refused it.

The houses are tiny and appear to be temporary post-war prefabs much like those famously up for demolition on the Excalibur estate in Catford.

And if I was being evicted from one doomed housing estate I'd be extremely reluctant to move to another one.

That said, there's no doubt that the "tin-roofed shacks" are in a far better location on the Coldharbour estate than those properties left on the post-apocalyptic Ferrier.

Amongst a settled community and adjacent to well-used open spaces, living in the "shacks" would certainly be an improvement in at least some respects.

So what do you think? Were Greenwich Council right to offer this property to Ferrier residents?

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