Build me up, buttercup

A new year, a new start - and what better New Year resolution for Lewisham Council (and their PFI contractors) than to finish off last year's 'to do' list?


Let's start (and sadly this is becoming predictable) with that wall. You know the one. On the corner of Wickham Road and Cranfield Road. We've written about it before. Endlessly.

It received a bit of festive cheer just before Christmas with the installation of some solid-looking white boarding, but after a good nine months of being tumbledown and unsightly, it remains fundamentally unrepaired.





And another section further down the Cranfield Road side has been unrepaired and unboarded for even longer.



We know a bit about the labyrinthine nightmare of PFI contracting and therefore have a fair amount of sympathy for the frontline council staff who have to try and make this ridiculous set-up work. The experience of the wall has however given us less sympathy for whoever made the decision to go with this PFI contract - and of course for the PFI contractors themselves.

It's not too much to expect, guys, that you might get round to sorting out a brickie or two in the next couple of months, is it? Because I doubt we want to mark the wall's first broken-birthday with cake and party poppers.
But if that's what it takes ...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually a photo-op of 'Rent-A-Mob' with a big cake and some party hats may just embarrass the council and/or contractors to sort it out. The South London Press may send one of it's crack photographers?

Be fun too.... is there a pub nearby?

Anonymous said...

That board is crying out for a bit of tasteful graffiti

The Cat Man said...

Yes, what we need is some graffiti stating - in a humourous way - how dis-pleased we are of the council/PFI as of late...

...any ideas?

Even stating in big black letters 'erected by Lewisham council/PFI on XX/XX/08 as a TEMPORARY replacement" would surely get them going abit. Especially as the years go on by........

Anonymous said...

I think we've heard quite enough about your erections on street corners...

Headhunter said...

Isn't it amazing that PFI, something vaunted by Nu Labour as the answer to everything falls down immediately when it comes to something as fundamental as responsibility for repair and maintanence. PFI is ust a license for private enterprise to print money at taxpayers expense.

I'll betcha that this "temporary" fencing is still in place in 2010, covered in graffiti and looking generally tatty.

Happy New Year by the way....

Headhunter said...

What IS going on with "Recent Comments"? It's back now but I'm seeing comments made on other blogs, including something about a pill for homosexuality posted on some American blog in 2005!

Brockley Kate said...

You can see it?! All I can see is 'Recent Comments...
Temporarily unavailable!'

The widget isn't ours, it's a Blogger feature, therefore unfortunately even Brockley Jon's tech skills can't fix it.

Headhunter said...

It's gone again now....

pjs said...

Anyone have any idea on whether this is in breach of conservation area rules? Am cancelling my council tax payments, grrr!

Anonymous said...

I notice the housing PFI is the subject of part of a document being put to the Mayor.

Reading between the lines the council seem to be saying the PFI scheme is naff and plans to introduce further schemes have been dropped.

Looks like Brockley residents will be paying for a poor decision for the next 20-30 years?

Headhunter said...

PFI/PPP has been a disaster from the start. Look at the Metronet/Tube. A bunch of private contractors came in, worked up a load of debt, then went bancrupt leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill. In the mean time I think most of the Tube station updating projects have been delayed or cancelled whilst the government picks up the tab for the PPP mess (Monkeyboy?).

There was an article, I think on the ES about some of the senior Metronet contractors being take to court for some kind of financial irregularities...

Another one of Tony Blair's fantastic ideas

Tamsin said...

Anything that generates boxes of contracts hundreds of clauses long with no purpose other than to provide excuses for buck-passing is fore-ordained to failure.
Even where limited competition provides some consumer benefits (the rail routes to the North) there is this obvious down-side. Heard on the radio yesterday the opening salvoes in what could be a dispute about whether the fault of the recent delays out of Euston is with Rail-track's inadequate infrastructure (the overhead cables that can't cope with the increased usage) or the pentographs on Virgin's new rolling stock that are damaging the pick-up.

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