Coldharbour Lane, Brixton - news and updates

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    London has been unaffordable for any first time buyers who don't have rich families for the best part of a decade IMO. Never mind 600k- nowadays you won't find a place in London for less than what, 3-400k at the least.Who the fuck has 30 grand in the bank, for the deposit, let alone the 60 grand required for this apartment?
  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    This is the result of marketing by developers, estate agents and banks.
    Was reminiscing this afternoon about the time (1981) when I was on a £8k salary, and contemplating buying a wreck of a house (140 Mayall Road) for £14k.

    I suppose a salary of £8,000 in 1981 was decent - but not obscenely high. At that time there was population flight from Lambeth and many properties could only be mortgaged with the GLC.

    I blame the Tories for the present situation. Since the Docklands Development Corporation there has been a presumption that people in London have to live in glass modules with concrete base slabs. And the price must be sufficiently ludicrous to make it de rigueur.
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  3. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    That's ridiculously well paid. The average gross earning per week, for a 25-29 year old in 1981 was £120.70 per week, meaning £6,276.40 * pa. For non-manual work this was £137.60, or £7,155. In effect, someone on £8k, was getting 5 weeks more money, per year, than an average non-manual worker.

    You were obviously the harbinger of gentrification to Brixton. What job were you doing?

    *From the Office of National Statistics.
  4. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    10% above average = 'ridiculously well paid'?
  5. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    Isn't 10% above an average something?
  6. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Working as a customer sales engineer for a company called RS Components in City Road (telephone advice & analysing faulty product returns). RS still exist (much bigger and better) but Hezza moved them to a brand new warehouse/office complex in Corby in 1983. I was made redundant - not fancying life in Corby.

    I was told the Duke of Edinburgh, at the official opening of the new site looked at a display of product and picked stuff up. "Made in Korea", he says, "Made in France, made in Germany - don't you sell ANYTHING made in Britain???"
  7. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

  8. Mr Bim of Bar

    Mr Bim of Bar Well-Known Member

    Wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the gates remained there permanently, I know a lot on this site despise gated communities, but all I can say is that here in Brixton Square after nearly FIVE YEARS we have had NO BURGLARIES we’ve had a few bikes stolen because residents have met people tailgate them into the developement but that’s about it.
  9. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    Cool. That's Brixton crime solved :thumbs:
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  10. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    They might not have any choice if Blackstone Private Equity and Telereal Trillium - UK's largest privately owned property company - have anything to do with it.

    I notice down the leafier end of the road they are actually making some sort of show at structural repairs to the arches (beside Tesco Express, and on the other side of the viaduct behind the mini cab & barbershop).

    All that grouting, pointing and brick replacement has to be paid for, as you can see
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  11. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    There's repairs to the viaducts in Loughborough junction been going on over the past few months. Much of it seems to be removing buddliea plants and repairing the brickwork they have damaged. Amazingly tenacious that stuff; I've observed it resprouting already through the freshly pointed-up brickwork in a few places.
  12. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Gates for all! Seal the rich folks in!
  13. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    I've not been burgled for five years and I don't live behind gates. And I've still got my bike. So I win.
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  14. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    I’m up to 19 years in Brixton and never been burgled... putting gates up won’t make the issues go away, just look at places like South Africa, only time I’ve ever stayed in a gated community and we were burgled within 48 hours
  15. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    Gates are part of an arms race, they are only effective if there are people worth burglaring without them. Once everyone has them it’s back to the start, and it’s worth figuring out how to break in through gates.

    Buy a lock pick ? get a rope and rip the gate off with a car ?


    Edit - Apparently this is a “technological escalation” not an arms race
  16. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    'Well I'm alright Jack'

    Idiot :rolleyes:
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  17. Mr Bim of Bar

    Mr Bim of Bar Well-Known Member

    well I feel safe so that’s a bonus in life
  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    No sense of supporting the local community then, so long as you're safe and sound?
  19. editor

    editor hiraethified

    So here's what the wall o'luxury on Coldharbour Lane looks like from Station Road.

    Not a socially rented unit amongst them.

  20. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    Perhaps it's not all about you, or only about you.

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  21. editor

    editor hiraethified

    To be fair I don't find his attitude uncommon amongst many of the recent arrivals I've encountered (and as a DJ, I do encounter quite a few).

    They're here for the trendy bars, Poppery and food grazeries, not the community.
  22. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    Yeah I know and it makes me want to slap their selfish smug little oblivious fucking faces.
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  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The wall of gentrification is with the "Edge" getting close to my big of ungentrified CHL near LJ.

    Its starting to affect LJ. Shopkeeper I know in LJ bit of CHL has been been told by Landlord he wants to double the rent. He is contesting it. Apparently he is not the only one. With new developments built and in pipeline looks like some landlords think this is sign of LJ changing and they can push up rents.
  24. editor

    editor hiraethified

    It's inevitable. Once the strip outside the Barrier Block fell to cocktail bars, fuckwit hairdressers and cheese and wine bars the game was up for Coldharbour Lane. :(
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  25. madolesance

    madolesance Well-Known Member

    What about the rest of Coldharbour Lane? Does that not count? It starts in Brixton, flows into Loughborough and spill out into Camberwell! There’s plenty of it’s soul still there.
  26. Mr Bim of Bar

    Mr Bim of Bar Well-Known Member

    Just because I embrace the gates doesn’t mean I don’t support the local community
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  27. Mr Bim of Bar

    Mr Bim of Bar Well-Known Member

    Nope it’s also about the other 107 apartments here .... IDIOT
  28. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Apart from celebrating your immunity from crime thanks to the gates that isolate you from the community, exactly how do you support the local community?
  29. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    Ugh! D'you see what I mean? They're just repugnant.
  30. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I wonder what the difference is between, say, concierge systems on council blocks - Southwyck House, every block on the old and New Loughborough Estates, and the bloody gates on Brixton Square, Walton Lodge Laundry and the Lexadon flats above Brewdog?
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