The Anonymous Widower

Hampstead Homes Left To Rot On Billionaires’ Row

The title of this post is the same as this article in today’s copy of The Times.

The article talks how multi-million pound houses in The Bishops Avenue ae being left to go to rack and ruin by their owners, who tend to be rich foreign nationals.

I hate waste and if a house is allowed to decay like this it should be a criminal offence, except in certain limited circumstances.

The Bishops Avenue is in the London Borough of Barnet and like most London Boroughs, Barnet needs more housing.

I hope the next Government brings in legislation to make sure our housing stock is kept up to standard.

December 7, 2019 - Posted by | World |


  1. “I have a mansion but forget the price
    Ain’t never been there, they tell me it’s nice”

    Joe Walsh, “Life’s Been Good” 1978

    Comment by MilesT | December 9, 2019 | Reply

  2. Glad to see support on this site for Labour’s policy to bring empty houses back into use. I’m sure the decaying houses in Bishops Avenue would make ideal accommodation for the homeless.

    Comment by JohnC | December 9, 2019 | Reply

    • These houses,like much of the suburbs in the UK are not fit for purpose. They were built without insultation and are only fit for one purpose; demolition.
      The cleared sites need to be filled with the modern houses and flats that we need.
      The big problem with building new houses is the same reason Crossrail and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium are and were late. There is a shortage of construction workers in the UK
      Perhaps we should build houses in factories as other countries like Sweden do!
      Our traditional building methods are not fit for purpose.
      Returning to the Bishops Avenue, it could be a road with decent public transport, as there is width. But the residents would think my plans are too radical and I’m a person who would never vote for Corbyn and his shower of jealous anti-semites. Where is Lord Sutch, when you need him?
      Remember, I’m by nature a trained engineer and destructive innovator and we need to destroy so much of the old political ideas, as they don’t work.
      Housing would be a good place to start, as everybody needs to live in a house or flat with good access to the services they need.

      Comment by AnonW | December 10, 2019 | Reply

  3. Factory houses, yes. But not houses built around shipping containers, these have been tried elsewhere and have many issues (mostly foreseeable around thermal capabilities of a steel box in hot and cold weather)

    Comment by MilesT | December 10, 2019 | Reply

    • I had a long chat with the guy in charge of the building of the new Custom House station, which was factory built. He said, that the quality is much better, as weather doesn’t spoil the finish. But that’s a proper building.

      Comment by AnonW | December 10, 2019 | Reply

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