We’ve talked about this several times before – but what it boils down to is a proposed development where the houses around 258 Creek Road were demolished to make room for said construction work, but David Herbert had no intention of budging. He liked his house and didn’t see any reason why he should move for something that was hardly life-threatening – it was a block of flats, for dog’s sake.
The demolition of the surrounding houses was done without reference to No. 258 – and as a result the house started to collapse. Greenwich Council compounded it all by planting fast-growing trees. They admitted there might be a problem and went as far as to put up scaffolding, but dragged their heels about actually fixing the damage – presumably in the hope that the not-spring-chicken who lived there would just give up and move away.
I visited the place every so often – and marvelled that anyone could live in a place like that – it seemed to lose another amenity every time I went.