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  1. Toolstation have just sent out a spend 100 get 25 off voucher. I visited about 2pm and the manager was cleaning the front windows and rest of staff restocking or looking busy. Not 1 customer. Rest of trading estate quiet also. I thought lack of recent activity down to weather but the last week has been ok or better. Suburban London before anyone asks....
  2. Interesting question. The riverside development wont bring prosperity for sure. The planned rail station is a tack on to an already over crowded line. B and D biggest threat is the housing cap. At the moment its seen as an affordable borough for inner city boroughs to dump tenants but maybe Im behind the curve on this and its already to expensive. Tilbury and Southend way cheaper...... Funny that years ago the residents of B and D would be described as salt of the earth , now they are seen as poorly educated , low skilled and have little part to play in modern day England. An inconvenience at best.
  3. I've just completed the survey . Disappointingly Barking and Dagenham council can't spell nuisance and if i remember correctly B and D schools are the worst in London. Been working in Dagenham recently and I'm shocked by the down trodden feel of the place. It has the feel of an ex mining village .
  4. I'm just about a boomer but my parents had years of rationing , hardship, national service but full employment and cheap housing after ww2. Their care costs will wipe out any equity they have in their home. I don't expect to inherit anything and I think you should pay for your own care. My parents expect to pay their way but their values are from a different time when the nation was more equal and shared the same experiences. Everyone worked at something and respect was gained from doing even the most menial job . .
  5. Back in the day if you had a snooker room you had made the big time. With shrinkflation now you just get a pool table.
  6. Yeah you're right . I was being polite as i'm surrounded by them.
  7. Plenty of Greek spivs round my way, they absolutely love btl . Must be cultural as i'm told they don't trust normal pension schemes. Spent alot of time in hull and surrounds and find it quite agreeable. Agree you can get a lot of house for your money and the locals aren't anti blow ins. Probably due to being a port city.
  8. Interesting question . My parents house will have to be sold soon to fund care costs. So is a higher price good ? Once this money gone the state pays. Prefer 40% HPC for my kids, any inheritance for me will be negligible but at least we are closer to normality.
  9. 2 teenage kids to look after, parents both requiring full time care self funded, earning less than 10 years ago,small savings worth fukc all but mortgage gone . Retiring 2 years later than i thought. Not moaning because the under 40s are in a desperate situation . Bring on hpc
  10. Sorry i'm 56 and I'm telling you breeding is not an affordable lifestyle choice !
  11. Know this journey really well but what is your route and travel times in reference to ? Been a while since I was a regular at Silver Street , don't miss the lack of amenities at these stations tho.
  12. Quite agree but you usually find the British "Londoner" has an specific interest that London caters for eg. sport, music, shopping, restaurants,exhibitions,museums etc. Also I think cost is a factor and I feel that most people won't take a chance on "what London really has to offer". Unadventurous for sure but understandable if your disposable income is limited.
  13. Wasn't talking about Grenfell , my view was about loft conversions very different imho. Most lofts are 20ft from the ground and have fire check walls between any adjoining property .
  14. How fire retardent is wood ? That's why its covered with plasterboard, joints are filled and a skin of plaster is applied. Most insulation is fitted between timbers . The build regs aren't perfect but OK. Not enough inspections is the problem .
  15. Quite agree. Shoreditch is now a destination, kids from the burbs flock in . The trains also run into Old St/Moorgate at weekends and evenings rather than terminate at kings Cross so this feeds the area nicely. I believe north london line soon to be running nights at weekends like the tube. it s the new soho .....
  16. Bishop Auckland once had (in the 50s) the most famous amateur football club in england , my dad said they had proper pro scottish international players in their team for cup games . 3 of their players played for man utd after munich disaster. They sold out wembley for the amateur cup final , 100,000 spectators.Where did this following and money come from ? Industry I reckon. House prices in BA are in free fall and the local economy must be a disaster. 2 generations to destroy a town . In contrast look at Barnet. A former competitor at football. None or very little industry but house prices at half a million plus. That is the north south divide . Sorry if a bit off subject but shocked about whats happening in the country .
  17. I really mean the government to compulsory purchase all green belt land up to the m25 or GLA border, then re zone it and fund the councils to build proper old fashioned low density council estates with shops, creches, recreation grounds , community halls,lidos , cinema, schools and allotments. Provide decent low cost connections (tram/decent buses) to train/tube stations , This has all been done 2 or 3 times before so a blue print exists . The residents liked it so much they bought the lot when possible , so lets not make this mistake again.
  18. The original north circ rd was a job creation scheme and probably why so badly designed . There weren't enough vehicles to justify it at the time. The m25 was over capacity before it was finished . I don't think we should get rid of the green belt just rationalise it for present day use .
  19. For me sorting out the transport air polluters is the first thing to do A more radical approach is required be it through law , taxation or incentives Also the crossrail project is actually making it easier to get into London from distant places rather than alternative infrastructures being created in new towns were both residential and commercial co-exist .
  20. Clean air act 1950s sorted out the pea soupas (smog). Mixed feelings about the green belt . All the parts of London that butt up to it have weird types of housing as if the designers ran out of ideas or money . Maybe they were just told to stop . The M25 I think confuses the matter more because maybe this is where London stops even though most of it I believe runs through the green belt. Maybe it's a nimby creation to further control planning and not really for the public good.
  21. Yes i was surprised when a pole told me this but as they say there is no data in anecdotal . If things are improving in Poland why come to the uk ?
  22. Poles who i thought were settled here with school age kids are going back after close on 10 years. I'm being told things are economically improved in poland and definitely the brexit vote has put the wind up them . The kids have been in the english school system for a few years and speak english so a big benefit. The parents are worried that their uk savings are losing buying power in Poland so want to cash in and buy a house in their native land . Also told schooling is more advanced but the maybe thats because English is a predominantly a 2nd language in London. Wonder why that is :-) I'm not completely surprised that they are going because their rental life style in London is crap. But I've been told that new younger poles will replace them . There leaving will effect the market for rentals at the bottom end and local schools. Their jobs here semi skilled at best, so no brain drain .
  23. Thought I would investigate the change in local house prices (outer N Ldn) since approx 1997 to date and thanks to LR this is quite easy . Looked at top end ish and middle ish and took the most recent examples i found. Top end . Purchased May 1996 £185,000 sold May 2017 £1,065,000 . Added value improvements.Small side extension, en suite and woodburner. Middle . Purchased May 1997 £128,000 sold May 2017 £ 652,500 . No improvements visible of any note. So crudely calculated an increase of over 5 times in 20 years . The middle end property quite affordable in 97 . The top end was still pricey but not unattainable for a saver and grafter in 96. The raw figures are brutal.
  24. Just looked up the stats re his majority as MP in Chingford and Woodford Green . His majority has fallen massively each election and I can only conclude he must be useless as a local MP and his national profile only reinforces the locals opinion . In recent times gone from 12k majority to 2.4k and this is in a true blue area. As another Chingford MP once famously said " get on your bike " . The end is nigh for IDS . Another person promoted too high for his limited talents .
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