As I went running yesterday I found some workers putting up new barriers at the Heygate. Most of these barriers have now blocked most stairways and passages and I sincerely do not understand why, since the estate is still widely accessible by both foot and car. I’ve been told that the barriers are supposed to deter people from entering the estate but I wonder what does the council intend to achieve with this? People who want or need to get into the estate, will get there regardless. If you want to hide and smoke crack, train parkour, spray graffiti or cultivate your patch, you can still get in without problems just by a longer route. If you have a reason to be at the Heygate, putting up a barrier won’t deter you. If you have no reason to be there, it is likely that you will not be there anyway. These barriers are totally pointless. If anything they are more dangerous than safe. Usually a way in is also a way out. These barriers now block most exits and in case of danger or need there is no quick escape route.
Why has council put these up before the entire estate is closed off is completely beyond me.