Do you want to know where to go to buy drugs? Where to go to vomit on the pavement?
Search no further. We have just the place for you…
The little cut-through from Virginia Road onto our Gascoigne Estate used to lead into an area in Victorian times that was called Sweet Apple Square. Now it is rancid. Because the wall on one side – between us and the Mildmay estate – has a kink or a small dog-leg in it, no-one can see round the corner. So that means the cut-through attracts this…
…and it attracts dealers who hover in the corner where they can’t be seen (except by kids of course who use this alleyway regularly on their way to the primary school).
You can peer through the railings beside the path, down into the closed-off underground garages. Needless to say, full of debris….
This is one of the main entrances to the Gascoigne Estate, and a way that many people make their way through, on to Columbia Road. What an advertisement for our estate, and how dispiriting for all our struggles to make it a place to live in that we can be proud of, not ashamed of.
It is even worse now that the bright new Mildmay development, constructed by Genesis, has started to be inhabited, on the other side of the dividing wall. What a contrast.