Lee Forum has been in contact with both local councils, Lewisham and Greenwich, about some key ‘eyesore properties’ which are blighting the neighbourhood area. Both councils have responded, and are seeking to remedy the situation.
The following buildings have so far been identified:
159 Lee Road SE3 9DJ (Greenwich) – New Tiger’s Head, unsightly flyposting at ground floor level, dead pigeons on facade, leaking pipe health hazard inside, flyposting removed early July 2017, but more flyposting appearing by September 2017, some cosmetic work such as plasterboarding and painting done inside, paintwork smartened up outside, leaking pipe fixed, floor joists were rotting due to moisture from the leaking pipe, new concrete floor now installed, the building was on The Victorian Society’s Top 10 Endangered Buildings list for 2017 campaign group and photos
139 Lee Road SE3 9DJ (Greenwich) – convenience store and off-licence on ground floor (the business failed in May 2017 and it is now permanently shuttered) with residential floors above, seriously dilapidated exterior with crumbling masonry, plants growing in stonework, broken guttering and holes in soffit board, roosting pigeons, falling tile hit a nearby parked car and narrow missed hitting a person – extensive renovation work was carried out during the summer of 2018 following the serving of a S215 notice by Greenwich Council – the building has been greatly improved, but there are unresolved issues (replacement UPVC windows installed without planning permission, redundant and excessive signage, vegetation still not fully removed, masonry previously covered by scaffolding plank still dirty and crumbling, hole in new soffit board probably where a scaffolding pole had to be worked around) more photos
347-349 Lee High Road SE12 8RU (Lewisham) – upper floors above BetFred and ‘Garage’ entrance, dilapidated exterior with pigeon infestation due to broken and permanently open windows, falling pane of glass at the back of the building injured a staff member of the nextdoor pub, windows now boarded up, deadline end of January 2018 for owners to begin renovation work – work now in progress to renovate interior petition asking the Council to take legal action more photos
124 Lee Road SE3 9DE (Lewisham) – upper floors above Kingfisher Chinese takeaway, dilapidated and shabby exterior, although registered as an enforcement case in late 2016 the Council now say that it’s not serious enough to take legal action – petition asking the Council to take legal action more photos
82 Manor Park SE13 5RL (Lewisham) – this house has been empty for more than 20 years – people nickname it ‘the falling down house’. It is boarded up, there are broken windows and debris all over the front garden, and metal barriers have been put in place to prevent access from the pavement, for safety and environmental health reasons. Past attempts to get something done have failed, but Lee Forum is trying a new initiative – let’s see what can be done more photos
Holly Tree pub, 32 Dermody Road SE13 5HB (Lewisham) – this popular local pub has closed and been boarded up – local residents have noticed building work being carried out recently, possibly without planning permission, and Lewisham Council have written to the owners – the building has been identified for local listing, due to its heritage value more photos
Please watch this space for photographs and updates.
And please sign this national petition, calling for greater transparency from local councils over the way they tackle eyesore properties and enforcement cases. Thank you.