Friday, June 02, 2006

The Kidbrooke Hallucination?

The "Kidbrooke Vision" as it is commonly called regards the timely demise of the hellhole that is the Ferrier Estate. In a recent press release by the Council much play is made of the new partnership the council has with Berkeley Homes (tiny cardboard houses r us) to transform the Ferrier Estate into a veritable oasis. The release says,

"If everything goes to plan, public consultation on the development options could start on the Ferrier Estate in the summer, followed by a planning application later this financial year. Building work on the estate could begin the following year."

That all sounds lovely but may we offer an alternative translation. Instead of "if everything goes to plan" try it with, "if we can successfully bully the owner occupiers into accepting a derisory offer for their homes". That is fair more realistic view of the situation.

For anyone who doesn't know, the Council has been trying to get the last few owner occupiers in the Ferrier to sell up. In fairness to them they don't mind the idea of moving, the problem is what the Council is offering. According to a comment by Chris Roberts in the News Shopper, the Council have offered "the market value of their home plus 10 per cent". That offer was - on a three bedroom flat - £65,000. Market value plus 10% for where? Hartlepool?

The Council have now started to threaten compulsory purchase orders, but by their own admission that will cause about three years of delay. It all puts the hubris of the Kidbrooke Vision press release in perspective. Perhaps hallucination would be a better term than vision?


Blogger Jae said...

£65,000? They must be having a laugh! There is no one someone getting that sum of money could continue to live in the borough. Scandalously small in my opinion.

7:59 pm  
Blogger Mikey said...

£65k is indeed small, but surely any Ferrier tenant who did take advantage of the right to buy would have realised that they would always have had great difficulty finding anyone prepared to buy a property on this ghastly estate - at any price?

2:11 am  
Anonymous Greezy Pimp said...

I'm about to descend into this nightmare as the council have decided to pull down my house in Charlton. Rumour has it the council have a neat plan when it comes to this situation. When you complain that the market value on your property must be higher than the offer they say 'your property has no market value as we are pulling it down, so really were doing you a favour'. This apparently is the stroke they pulled with people around Norman Road.

1:17 pm  
Blogger Lester Square said...

This article endorses all my dealings with the hugely disagreeable and high-handed Greenwich Council.
Sadly, in my experience, Nick Raynsford / Len Duvall are complicit in the workings of this out of control machine and you are unlikely to get any more than a token gesture of interest from your local MP about your grievances with them.
I hope that the homeowners unfortunate enough to be locked in battle with these corporate bullies put up a sustained fight against these tyrants, and use every possible legal weapon at their disposal to reach a satisfactory agreement.

10:26 pm  
Anonymous JJ said...

Does anyone know where I can find out how much the council paid those leaseholders who did agree to move out?

7:56 am  

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