There has been the burning of vehicles,
and years of unchallenged destruction to the area.
Complaints have been recorded daily for well over
two years while residents say pleas for Police assistance
have been ignored. Now with the demolition, there
is clear evidence that this orgy of vandalism is worse
than ever before.
Having introduced myself to a worker
wearing a hard hat, I proceeded to walk around the
fencing surrounding a maisonette, to be warned that
the place was unsafe and not to walk on the inside
of this fence. I heard what the man said but was stood
looking at the front door of what seemed to be a property
still occupied and situated no more than a metre away.
I gazed over the shoulder of Mrs Stanley,
who’d answered the door, and could see her furniture
stacked, packed and lined up around the passageway.
I realised to my horror that Mrs Stanley was not the
only one still here – two or three up and down
houses were still visibly occupied along that pathway.
I returned the next day with New Deal
Partnership Board member Aisha Special K. We discovered
an unattended skip on Andover Street marked ASBESTOS,
with its lockable lid left open.