Walk like a Windsor

The boarded up houses expensive pigeon coops on Windsor Walk, which were recently squatted (the squatters were later evicted), are owned by a hospital trust which is to close a clinic because of lack of funding.

You and I might think that the houses would be better refurbished and sold or let rather than left for the rats and their flying counterparts, and the money spent on better care for the clinic’s patients, but apparently that’s not right. Instead, the closure of the clinic “will benefit patients” — and the pigeons as well, presumably.

Thanks to TommyD on the SE5Forum for finding this link.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

5 thoughts on “Walk like a Windsor”

  1. Such a shame that an elegant old terrace like that has been allowed to deteriorate — It should be restored and used as flats for key worker housing (ideal considering it’s opposite King’s) — It would be a terrible thing if they were demolished…Maybe the ugly cheap yellow building in the middle could be demolished and a sensitive heritage developer could try and restore something approximating the original middle section, this part could be for private housing (a compromise always has to be reached these days!) — One of the houses could still be used as a drop-in clinic too…

  2. …even try and get a German Property Developer on board (is that too off the wall?!) considering those houses were originally built by Immigrant German Labourers for wealthy Lutherian German Immigrants in Victorian London…

  3. The patients forum meeting on the 9th would provide answers if Maudsley headshrinkers could be there to explain why it would be better to go to A&E than the emergency clinic. A&E customers with normal SE5 ailments like gunshot wounds will find it disturbing to be amongst mental health crisis customers sitting there for hours, clinging on, radiating anguish or anger.

    Meanwhile, up at the Horniman aquarium, hispid frogfish, sixline wrasse, pyjama cardinalfish, convict tang, bicoloured foxface and Talbot’s demoiselle all wait to see what the next wave of market-led initiatives will bring to south London. Luxury flats, perhaps.

    The moon jellyfish, the luminous and vulnerable stars of the show, were ominously not in their tank yesterday. They had been removed for essential maintenance, a sign said. There may be many a denizen of Camberwell — creative, crazy or a bit of both — removed under the same pretext as Camberwell becomes a suburb for single, private-sector professionals and the public-sector “keyworkers” paid, less and less, to service them.

  4. By the way, the Cadleigh has had a bit of a spruce up — leather sofas in the front and back rooms. Still working on it so not quite sure what further developments Dermot may have planned…

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