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New barriers up at the Heygate

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.



4 thoughts on “New barriers up at the Heygate

  1. Probably put them up because they are total idiots when it comes to actually working with the community. What justification can they have for this? As you say, people who want to get on and up will do anyhow so they are only preventing people who just want to walk around and enjoy the view / life / reality.

    Posted by bob | September 13, 2012, 6:06 pm
  2. Well done for drawing attention to this; I wonder if this has anything to do with the recent ‘Release the Wolves’ go- kart event for kids? It was a great success and ran around the very walkways that have now been boarded up. It was approved by Southwark, but I understand there were some ‘issues’ – boarding up the walkways would prevent a repeat of the event, without the embarassment of having to refuse permission.
    The estate is quite a little attraction during the summer months – people free-run, garden and generally relax away from the noise of the city; obviously these activities must be stopped!

    Posted by jerryflynn1 | September 13, 2012, 6:41 pm
  3. In my opinion is a sort of psychological battle – “we will stop you from entering and make it hard for you to do the things you love”. I feel really sorry for the last few residents, I would feel trapped. Obviously the barriers have no practical use, most people will be able to go over the small ones and I managed to climbed around a couple others even with an injured knee. I’m not sure about the ‘Release the Wolves’ events, but I train Parkour there regularly, often with friends, and recently the guards (those with the dogs) have been annoying us more often than usual; they have boarded up many of the spots we usually use, so I also do wonder if they were targeting some group in particular. I think that for the Council the Estate is an only an expensive liability right now and wants to have a little to do with it as possible, as it needs to ensure the place is guarded and somehow maintained. But instead of burying their heads in the sand and wasting time, money and labour in pointless activities, such as removing harmless graffiti o putting up these barriers, they could for example make sure that the place is not used as an illegal dump (https://alicecalcagno.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/dsc_9631.jpg). Even in its present condition, the Estate still has the potential to earn the Council if not money, at least respect, but it’d need to be able to go deeper than its pocket to see that.

    Posted by Alice C. Macchi | September 14, 2012, 9:21 am
  4. Well not even by ‘longer route,’ as you know the ground level is still completely open, meaning people can walk in freely as before. Yet again the council are guilty of wasting money and trying to prevent people from enjoying what the Heygate has to offer, pathetic

    Posted by Julian | September 20, 2012, 9:13 pm

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