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DimPrawn
13th October 2008, 15:34
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1077083/Single-mother-moves-Britains-expensive-council-house--historic-2-million-lodge.html

£2M council house.

Got to love the Daily Mail. :yay:

Bagpuss
13th October 2008, 15:37
I was expecting something nice.

SantaClaus
13th October 2008, 15:55
I recognise that house. Its on the edge of Waterlow Park near the cemetary.
I actually thought is was the park caretakers house or some sort of crematorium with all those chimneys.

Here it is:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=waterlow+park,+london&sll=38.68551,-95.625&sspn=60.534977,76.992188&ie=UTF8&ll=51.567314,-0.146427&spn=0.000792,0.001175&t=h&z=19

DimPrawn
13th October 2008, 16:04
I recognise that house. Its on the edge of Waterlow Park near the cemetary.
I actually thought is was the park caretakers house or some sort of crematorium with all those chimneys.

Here it is:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=waterlow+park,+london&sll=38.68551,-95.625&sspn=60.534977,76.992188&ie=UTF8&ll=51.567314,-0.146427&spn=0.000792,0.001175&t=h&z=19

No it's just a council house with a single mum in it.

HTH

Xenophon
13th October 2008, 16:04
No it's just a council house with a single mum in it.

HTH

:laugh

SantaClaus
13th October 2008, 16:10
No it's just a council house with a single mum in it.

HTH

Erm, I saw the picture. I walk past it every weekend.

wxman
13th October 2008, 16:12
How can that area be described as a "Village"?

Bob Dalek
13th October 2008, 16:21
How can that area be described as a "Village"?

Londoners get VERY tetchy about the term "village". If the property's bloody expensive, then the area is a village; else, it's a tramps' nest of filthiness. HTH.

TykeMerc
13th October 2008, 16:30
How can she be described as a single mum when her son is listed as being 22 YEARS old?

Hardly a desperately needy case requiring anything grander than a small flat.

SantaClaus
13th October 2008, 16:30
Londoners get VERY tetchy about the term "village". If the property's bloody expensive, then the area is a village; else, it's a tramps' nest of filthiness. HTH.

Take a walk round Archway at the bottom of Highgate Hill. Then youll see why Highgate is termed a "village" and Archway is a sh!thole.

The walk up to Highgate is very steep for a reason. Its to keep Vicky Pollard and her chav kids from climbing up there. Unfortunately in this case, one chav family managed to beat the system.

DodgyAgent
13th October 2008, 16:37
How can that area be described as a "Village"?


cos its full of idiots?

tay
13th October 2008, 16:38
How can she be described as a single mum when her son is listed as being 22 YEARS old?

Hardly a desperately needy case requiring anything grander than a small flat.

Dont fall for the hype. She doesnt normally live there, only there while her flat is fixed up. She wouldnt have got to much choice om where she was relocated temporarily. She def doesnt deserve to be named and her picture spread all over the media.

xoggoth
13th October 2008, 17:52
Fair point Tay, I doubt the recent headlines are typical, but there is a widespread general problem with the allocation of social housing in that it often does not properly reflect even need, let alone deserts.

I used to see it a lot in a voluntary thing I used to do (not now cos I unfortunately buggered up their van). I helped single middle-aged alcoholics move into large new purpose-built flats and then delivered stuff to families in pokey little ancient ones.

ALL of them were better than the sort of flats I lived in on contract. That was my choice, I could have afforded much better and I am a cheapskate who likes to save money. The point is that the other poor buggers in the house, local area lorry drivers and the like, had no choice it was all they could afford.

If social housing provided by the state is better than can be afforded by people who work full time, the only direction for society is down.

thunderlizard
13th October 2008, 18:22
The property, designed by architect James Pennethorne, was home to the park's gardeners, but more recently has been used for storage despite extensive renovation work.

i.e. they have put her in a former gardener's house that is now a shed. It's hardly her fault that a shed is worth £2m in that area, and she won't get the benefit of that valuation anyway. And the nearest shops are about a mile away up (or down) a stupidly steep hill.

Presumably they know she'll look after it OK or they wouldn't have put her in there. And she did paint these (http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile/a/84307.html) so she's not a complete layabout. Much better to have here living there than a fat corporate lawyer or porn baron.