Seven up for revamp – but what do you want?
Chris Carter I REGULARLY receive vitriolic emails through our website accusing the Recorder of failing to highlight the plight of run-down Seven Kings. The writer bizarrely describes the area as Slumdog Seven Kings, slightly missing the point. He has also, apparently,
I REGULARLY receive vitriolic emails through our website accusing the Recorder of failing to highlight the plight of run-down Seven Kings.
The writer bizarrely describes the area as Slumdog Seven Kings, slightly missing the point.
He has also, apparently, chosen to ignore the columns of stories over the years we have given over to the campaigns of residents in that area and the way we have been highlighting some of the problems there. Hey-ho, can't win 'em all eh?
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But the news that plans are being hatched to rejuvenate the area, along with a section of Ilford High Road, from the old Island night spot junction (see facing page) to Chadwell Heath is, on the face of it, exciting.
The higgledy piggledy nature of the High Road has a certain charm, but is less than inviting.
- 1 Drivers escape injury in Dagenham crash
- 2 Man, 20, found stabbed in Barking
- 3 Eid prayer recited outside Barking Town Hall as groups call for more worship spaces
- 4 Groomed girl speaks out after 'dangerous' Barking dealer who dealt Class A drugs in East End is jailed
- 5 'Love Island promo' spotted filming in Barking
- 6 Former east London police sergeant sentenced after pleading guilty to harassment
- 7 Antisocial behaviour patrols in Barking and Dagenham
- 8 Teen 'robbed at knifepoint' in Chadwell Heath
- 9 Barking and Dagenham goes two weeks without Covid-19 deaths
- 10 Barking man appears in court charged with mother-of-two's murder
There are little gems, like PG Creed and Sons the ironmonger's, but little else to recommend the area.
Seven Kings residents bemoan the loss of their library and more recently the swimming pool
There is a multi-cultural vibrancy to the streets as people mill around after Friday prayers and temple visitors add their own colour. The churches are also actively involved in community life, as always.
So what do the people of the area want to see most? As mentioned, the library and pool are greatly missed, but perhaps a different aura is desired.
It seems Seven Kings is somewhere people pop into for a quick takeaway (too often leaving their litter) or a pint (too often departing the worse for wear).
Creating a sustainable High Road may be the aim - somewhere people feel safe and content. Cynics doubt it will happen - what do you think? See poll left.