Friday, 1 December 2006

Bust dat door down

Passing the Busta Ship this morning, I saw THE most hideous door they had installed.

It is such a carbuncle that I can only imagine that it is either a temporary measure or Mr Patel designs whilst holding a white stick. This is a Conservation Area for God's sake. Show some thought for aesthetics.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Personally. I love a piece of plywood.

Anonymous said...

Well I've just popped to the Co-op and have noticed that they are not knocking the windows out, but painting them black! How stupid were we to believe that they would restore it to its former glory!

Maybe they're hoping that as it will be black it will "look" like windows from a far!!

The Plumster said...

They seem to have taken the bricks off the outside and left them bricked up on the inside (if that makes sense?) I reckon (and I'm no builder) that they are going to put in some sort of false windows, so in effect these windows will still be bricked up. Does anyone know how the planning regulations would work with this sort of scenario?

The Headless 291 Driver said...

Has it not occurred to anyone that this could also just be a security thing? From the moment the windows were bricked up that's what I thought it was. You wouldn't be gutting a place with brand new windows in from the start would you, they go in last. Just like you don't start putting nice new fittings and leaving tools in an unsecure building in Plumstead. Come on doom mongers use your head, not your heart.

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Anonymous said...

I agree with you regarding the security aspect. But is it not a little odd that they have removed the cladding from the outside of the bricks and now painted them black. That strikes me as a final move rather than an intermediate move. I hope I'm wrong!

I'm not thinking doom and gloom, just keeping an eye on how things are moving.

wuckfit said...

and why haven't they bricked up all of the windows?

It's not 'doom mongers' it's reality mate.

Wool & Eyes springs to mind.

The Plumster said...

headless291 - I'm using my head (I think) but I still can't understand how a layer of black paint acts as a security thing?

Does anyone know if false windows, bricked up behind them would satisfy the planning department?

I beginning to wonder if nothing more than a nod and a wink would satisfy this planning department

Anonymous said...

Just went and had a look at the windows, yep there are definately black painted breeze blocks behind the windows - could be a security thing I guess - but who knows with this lot. A fellow resident told me that on the day of the previous licensing application they were giving out leaflets about the club from a small store at the back of Marks and Sparks in woolwich ? any one heard about this?

Anonymous said...

opps I meant on the day of the previous licensing hearing...

Anonymous said...

Hmm have seen the door as well, I think they have been taking decor tips from Handy Andy and his handy tips on "100 unattractive items you can make from MDF"

and it looks really sound proof as well doesnt it!!

Anonymous said...

I heard the same thing about the leaflets being handed out on the day of the previous hearing. It was apparently talking up this new Club being opened - yipee.

I did not manage to get a copy though, only heard about it afterwards. I *think* that store near M&S, which was passing out the leaflets, has something to do with Mr Busta Patel as well.

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The Headless 291 Driver said...

as one of the anonimi(?) has pointed out, they are indeed breeze blocks fitted behind the windows, previously these were also covered up with bricks flush with the outside of the building. All the other windows and doors are simply boarded over. The door will obviously not be staying it merely replaces the other one which had some exceedingly large bits missing where glass once resided. There is still a large portion of fresh air above it although you would need a ladder and a very small frame to access it, no doubt that will be filled when a proper doorway is put up.

Carl00711 said...

It depends on why the council asked for the original outer blockwork to be removed as to whether the inner blockwork is acceptable or not.
If it was removed because it had been installed with no planning permission, then he is still in breach of planning, if it was because the building facade had to remain the same, then he is ok doing this. It may well not be acceptable to the Fire Brigade, as this would have been a means of escape that he has blocked up.
You would never use blockwork for a temporary security fix, that would have been done with bolt-on metal grilles, these are definitely meant to be permanent.

Anonymous said...

There now appears to be window frames on the said bricked up windows with boards covering 90% them...

The Plumster said...

one of the windows appears to have been completely unblocked

Carl00711 said...

What is actually going on, does anyone know? He seems to still be building without any consent.

Dimps said...

It looks like at least the two side windows now have windows (frames and glass) and that the black breeze blocks have been removed. Curiouser and curiouser...

Anonymous said...

So is there a meeting to go and heckle at tomorrow? What time? Same place as thew last one?

Thanks

Dimps said...

Tomorrow is the deadline for written representations. We should be notified of a hearing within due course.

The Headless 291 Driver said...

Well I've just got off the 53 and had a brief nosey through the window, all the boards were down and the lights were on inside. They even had a selection of bottled beers there! I have to say it looked very nice, really pleasant lighting (by the bar at least), nice neutral colours. It looked very inviting indeed and more importantly modern looking! Fingers crossed...

Dimps said...

Now that the paint has dried, the "makeover" (at least as far as the exterior is concerned) is looking decidedly dodgy.

Unfortunately, it looks like Busta has been watching too many Homefront programmes and overlooked the need for making good or preparation.

Silly me. The paint won't start flaking until after the planning officers have visited. Let's hope the building control chaps can get involved.

Am I making a point about Planning Officers Vs Building Control Officers? You decide...