Tag Archives: tower blocks

Havering’s ‘Streets in the Sky’

Tower Block Residents High rise tenants and leaseholders pay for communal lighting as a separate charge. This additional to Council tax. Apart from Tower Block Residents Council tax covers street lighting, which is part of the service embedded within the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, housing, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The river Ingrebourne flows gently past our ‘village’

For generations the children of our estate have played in or near the river. They had their fishing nets with a jam jar for the Mino they caught. Then they’d race home to Mum proud to show what they’d caught. … Continue reading

Posted in Autobiography, housing, wildlife | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

View from a Tower Block ‘village’ on the edge of London

This photograph is taken from one of three council owned tower blocks built next to Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch. The photograph looks westward towards the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf Such a pretty little ‘village’, of just over two hundred flats, … Continue reading

Posted in housing, photography | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Compounded Stupidity

About fifteen years ago the Council decided that they would create a structural repairs contract as well as one for external decoration for our three tower blocks which we manage on their behalf. Unfortunately, they didn’t bother to consult with … Continue reading

Posted in Autobiography, housing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Village

It’s a metaphor because in many ways our council estate of 146 dwellings (in three tower blocks) can be seen in much the same way as a large hamlet of old somewhere in rural Yorkshire or any other place in … Continue reading

Posted in Autobiography, housing, tenants rights | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment