Greenwich Square Marketing…
So today I’m curious to hear from people who went to Greenwich Square’s ‘Opening Event.’ In the interests of openness, I was asked by Hadley Mace, but I can’t go to events when I’m specifically invited – the paper bag really gets in the way, and I feel less able to just ‘slip in’. So I’m very interested to hear whether your experience was anything like that of Jon’s.
Jon lives locally and wasn’t actually planning to buy – he just wants to know how the development will affect him and his neighbours, and I suspect that this event wasn’t really for him. He tells me:
Their first question was ‘can you afford a deposit to be placed today?’ – before even showing us anything!
I can see why he was irked that the Site Manager kept referring to her boss as a VIP who knew nothing and went on to make us feel unwelcome though to be fair, he probably IS a VIP to her, and it’s not unusual for bosses to know nothing, though making theoretical potential purchasers unwelcome is unusual.
Jon reckons (and I’m assuming he means the sales team here) They lied about the history of the site. No mention of the hospital one bit.
Now, I suspect this could just be ignorance, rather than deliberate lying. Why would they know about the history of the site, they’re trying to sell what it is now. Bet they didn’t mention it was the old workhouse, either… It’s not something that can be twisted for the purpose of sales into anything romantic: ’the old schoolhouse’ ‘the old bakery,’ the old dog biscuit factory’ – ‘the old workhouse’ doesn’t have the same kind of ring to it.
And I can’t for a moment think why they rejected the name the old place used to have, according to Mary Mills – ‘Catsbrains’. That, for me would be a deal-sealer…
I note that the proposals for new street names are beyond bland and out the other side, namechecking generic hedgerow plants – no mention of Greenwich, or anything to do with the site’s (fascinating) history, which is a real shame – anyone would think this was a new-build town in the middle of the country with no past whatsoevr. But is it really a deliberate attempt to obliterate the past. I doubt it. I don’t think they’re actually lying about the history- perhaps more ‘not caring…’
Jon asked about parking and was told there will plenty of on-street permits available. Jon believes (and I remember this too) this is something the developer was refused Jon asks who who is lying here? Calvert road is already full of traffic from Wing Wah buffet without adding to it.
It all seems to have ended rather badly.
I challenged them with issues known about the site such as the trees, the services being provided i.e. leisure centre and then the parking. We were almost pushed out of the door so as not to raise the alarm for other prospective victims.
I am worried that the whole site is going to go in for retrospective planning permission to cram more houses on there than initially agreed and the parking is a major concern.
Blimey. I really rather wish I had gone now. But this is just one person’s experience. I would love to hear from other people who went along. Was the evening really this combative? Were you able to raise concerns and actually have them answered? Or did you find it all rather exciting and feel yourself reaching for that cheque book?
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