James Cordon, I’m not sure who he is but never mind, is alleged to have said
that Sidcup is close to being the armpit of England. Maybe he meant close to the
armpit of England because Newham is not that far away.
However Mr. Cordon appears to have got up a few local noses. The Labour party (Longlands covers the south side of Sidcup) tried to get back at him yesterday with this combative Tweet. On my way to the armpit of England by train I picked up a copy of The Metro and read Page 27.
In what appeared to be more an advertising feature than a news item it sung the praises of Sidcup as a good place to buy an affordable home.
It said you could buy a two bedroomed flat on the Park View development for a mere £335,000. I’d consider myself quite fortunate if I was able to sell my three bedroom detached plus garage and garden for that.
By implication, does the Labour party now call a third of a million for a pokey little flat affordable by the average working man?
On Sunday while taking the Crossrail pictures I met a couple from Suffolk, Londoners by birth, who had driven down to look at the Crossness sewage works. Magnificent was their verdict, and they had discovered Lesnes Abbey too which they had never heard of before.
They had paid to park in Gayton Road and had looked in the estate agent’s window and were shocked by the prices in both. I explained that they were standing in the cheapest area in London for housing. I don’t think they will be moving south any time soon.