Please allow me to extend the borders of my blog just a little, and point you in the direction of this article in The Independent about life on the Aylesbury Estate, the enormous sinkhole just north of Burgess Park.
In 2004, 28 per cent of residents felt “very unsafe“in or around the area after dark. The crime rate in 2002 was 408 crimes per 1,000 residents, compared with 171 for Southwark. Vehicle crime is almost double the Southwark average (57.4 per 1,000, compared with 29.8). Twenty six per cent of all crime is committed by 10 to 17-year-old males, compared with Southwark’s 20 per cent.
Aylesbury has mortality rates 33 per cent above the national average for both children and adults, and high rates of teenage pregnancy and abortion.