Derelict former Abbey Wood pub site has now been covered up - sort of

The site has now been wrapped in green tarpaulin (picture by Kerry Allon).

Veronica Keene still isn't happy.

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The derelict site of a former pub in Abbey Wood has now been covered up – but some residents still aren’t happy.

The patch of waste ground in Abbey Road has now been wrapped in green tarpaulin in a makeshift attempt to turn it into less of an eyesore.

Nearby New Road resident Veronica Keene, 66, has complained to the council the site needs proper hoardings around it while a developer is found.

The mother-of-one told News Shopper: "What they’ve done is appalling.

"It’s just plastic sheeting around the old metal fencing and they are just fobbing us off really.

"The council has a duty not to leave an eyesore."

Bexley Council has the power under the Town and Country Planning Act to erect proper wooden hoardings and bill the site agents afterwards.

But prospective Lesnes Abbey Wood Conservative councillor Kerry Allon says the authority may not be able to get its money back.

He said: "It would be a lengthy legal process and there is no guarantee we would win it.

"That would be taxpayer’s money and that is not right.

"As much as it pains me to say it I can’t see we are going to get anything better for the time being."

Councillor Allon added he is hoping a planning application will be submitted for the site soon.

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7:53pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Wombles4000 says...

I saw it - it wont last 5 minutes. Really feeble wooden supports.

In addition there's quite a few fences on the back of houses falling down around there. Buy to let landlords leaving houses to rot? Council going to do anything about that?
I saw it - it wont last 5 minutes. Really feeble wooden supports. In addition there's quite a few fences on the back of houses falling down around there. Buy to let landlords leaving houses to rot? Council going to do anything about that? Wombles4000
  • Score: 7

7:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Wombles4000 says...

If Bexley council weren't useless they would threaten or actually order a compulsory purchase order. The owners would sort it sharpish. If they don't the council gets a prime site and development could commence.
If Bexley council weren't useless they would threaten or actually order a compulsory purchase order. The owners would sort it sharpish. If they don't the council gets a prime site and development could commence. Wombles4000
  • Score: 7

9:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

HearTheFacts says...

There has been a few planning applications for this site, which was turned down. By who Bexley Council!, so the company that owns this site. Could well be doing this deliberately, this is saying grant planning permission or else!.

This site is an eye sore, would Bexley Council allow this in Bexleyheath?. Because its in Abbey Wood, don't care - not interested - that's Bexley Conservative's.
There has been a few planning applications for this site, which was turned down. By who Bexley Council!, so the company that owns this site. Could well be doing this deliberately, this is saying grant planning permission or else!. This site is an eye sore, would Bexley Council allow this in Bexleyheath?. Because its in Abbey Wood, don't care - not interested - that's Bexley Conservative's. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 9

9:11pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Once the brown envelopes get large enough planning permission will be granted. All deals are done dahn the lodge.
Once the brown envelopes get large enough planning permission will be granted. All deals are done dahn the lodge. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -35

10:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Joelo says...

I was going to say if this was in Bexley Village or Sidcup it would not be left! Typical
I was going to say if this was in Bexley Village or Sidcup it would not be left! Typical Joelo
  • Score: 13

11:48am Wed 5 Mar 14

Ted The Bear says...

This is so sad, but also so typical. Conservative Bexley council couldn't care less about Abbey Wood. And this is not the only eyesore in here. But what do you expect if Abbey Wood councilors don't actually live in the area they are supposed to represent. Allon and his pals' only success in Abbey Wood is saying no to the Thamesmead bridge - pathetic!
This is so sad, but also so typical. Conservative Bexley council couldn't care less about Abbey Wood. And this is not the only eyesore in here. But what do you expect if Abbey Wood councilors don't actually live in the area they are supposed to represent. Allon and his pals' only success in Abbey Wood is saying no to the Thamesmead bridge - pathetic! Ted The Bear
  • Score: 6

11:58am Wed 5 Mar 14

highway warrior says...

What a complete load of rubbish and drivel being spouted here.

People saying the council has a duty not to leave an eyesore - rubbish, it's private land, the council have a duty to make sure various things regarding the site but eyesore and aesthetics isn't one
As for private fences being down, well how about you pay more council tax then people can be paid to go and smarten up dilapidated properties, maybe they should offer free gardening services and paint the house too?

It wouldn't happen in Bexleyheath/Sidcup/ where ever
Hmmmm you've obviously not been to those areas and it's an assumption

Bexleyheath - there is an eyesore load of hoarding next to the Wrong Un pub thats been that way for years and years. Nice derelict plot of land.

Sidcup - no it would never happen here.........except in priestlands park road, one of the more expensive Sidcup roads, there is a derelict site where the hoarding came down in the wind last month, but no never in Sidcup......or the eyesore that is the old Lamorby swimming baths, no never in sidcup, what utter rubbish

I have no doubt that the site will be redeveloped very shortly with the influx of money and affluence associated with Crossrail.
What a complete load of rubbish and drivel being spouted here. People saying the council has a duty not to leave an eyesore - rubbish, it's private land, the council have a duty to make sure various things regarding the site but eyesore and aesthetics isn't one As for private fences being down, well how about you pay more council tax then people can be paid to go and smarten up dilapidated properties, maybe they should offer free gardening services and paint the house too? It wouldn't happen in Bexleyheath/Sidcup/ where ever Hmmmm you've obviously not been to those areas and it's an assumption Bexleyheath - there is an eyesore load of hoarding next to the Wrong Un pub thats been that way for years and years. Nice derelict plot of land. Sidcup - no it would never happen here.........except in priestlands park road, one of the more expensive Sidcup roads, there is a derelict site where the hoarding came down in the wind last month, but no never in Sidcup......or the eyesore that is the old Lamorby swimming baths, no never in sidcup, what utter rubbish I have no doubt that the site will be redeveloped very shortly with the influx of money and affluence associated with Crossrail. highway warrior
  • Score: 12

3:01pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Wombles4000 says...

What are you on about - do you even know the relevant law? It appears not.

The private fences have fallen into the public pathway. Plus councils have a duty to ensure things are kept in good condition and are safe, including private property.
What are you on about - do you even know the relevant law? It appears not. The private fences have fallen into the public pathway. Plus councils have a duty to ensure things are kept in good condition and are safe, including private property. Wombles4000
  • Score: 3

3:40pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Joelo says...

It's not even just the fencing and rubbish dumped there, the old off licence building it's easily accessible to any druggie or kids playing, this building is completely unsafe and that's what's more of a concern.
It's not even just the fencing and rubbish dumped there, the old off licence building it's easily accessible to any druggie or kids playing, this building is completely unsafe and that's what's more of a concern. Joelo
  • Score: 2

3:56pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Wombles4000 says...

One more thing to Highway who seems a little foggy on the law.

Councils have the power to register landlords. Across the country they increasingly are doing so where there is mass buy to let. Bexley does not despite buy to lets rapidly increasing.

Under that power landlords who do not keep property in good condition can be fined. in Abbey Wood back garden fences are being allowed to fall into the public highway. It is bad for the tenants who no longer have protection of their garden, their neighbours who also lack protection, and the public who have an obstacle and eyesore. All due to landlords who wont spend a penny in upkeep.

It wouldn't require more council tax to enforce. By fining it would raise revenue. Charging landlords to join the registration scheme would also raise cash. Landlords would shout but many have been milking tenants and taxpayers through housing benefit for years.
One more thing to Highway who seems a little foggy on the law. Councils have the power to register landlords. Across the country they increasingly are doing so where there is mass buy to let. Bexley does not despite buy to lets rapidly increasing. Under that power landlords who do not keep property in good condition can be fined. in Abbey Wood back garden fences are being allowed to fall into the public highway. It is bad for the tenants who no longer have protection of their garden, their neighbours who also lack protection, and the public who have an obstacle and eyesore. All due to landlords who wont spend a penny in upkeep. It wouldn't require more council tax to enforce. By fining it would raise revenue. Charging landlords to join the registration scheme would also raise cash. Landlords would shout but many have been milking tenants and taxpayers through housing benefit for years. Wombles4000
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Ted The Bear says...

@highway warrior

1. You clearly do not know the law. The council can take an action on a private land (serve the notice, do the works themselves, reclaim the costs). There are quite a few acts stating that ("Prevention of damage by pests", "The town and country planning act" to name a couple).

2. I actually liked your comments re Bexleyheath and Sidcup -another example of Bexley Council's incompetence...
@highway warrior 1. You clearly do not know the law. The council can take an action on a private land (serve the notice, do the works themselves, reclaim the costs). There are quite a few acts stating that ("Prevention of damage by pests", "The town and country planning act" to name a couple). 2. I actually liked your comments re Bexleyheath and Sidcup -another example of Bexley Council's incompetence... Ted The Bear
  • Score: 4

8:26pm Wed 5 Mar 14

HearTheFacts says...

In the short term this site could have been made into a carpark. As with the building of Crossrail, two carparks have been closed.
In the short term this site could have been made into a carpark. As with the building of Crossrail, two carparks have been closed. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 27

9:31am Thu 6 Mar 14

highway warrior says...

The process for recharging and reclaiming im sure is mired in red tape and bureaucracy and costs more than it brings in

If the fences have fallen on to the public highway have you reported them to the council then?

If they are in a back alleyway then chances are it's private.
The process for recharging and reclaiming im sure is mired in red tape and bureaucracy and costs more than it brings in If the fences have fallen on to the public highway have you reported them to the council then? If they are in a back alleyway then chances are it's private. highway warrior
  • Score: 2

2:55am Fri 7 Mar 14

Stop_Whining says...

Calm down everyone.

Scabby Wood can't look any worse anyway.

Absolute hole.
Calm down everyone. Scabby Wood can't look any worse anyway. Absolute hole. Stop_Whining
  • Score: -10

2:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Arghhhhhhhhhh.......
......now, don't that look pretty?
Arghhhhhhhhhh....... ......now, don't that look pretty? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 1

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