Catford is being slated as the “arsehole of Lewisham” on the Sydenham Town forum as follows:
“Quite why this benighted cesspool of Lewisham has thus far escaped documentation within these hallowed pages is perhaps a question only the chavs that ruined what was once (so I’m told) a respectable part of the borough, would be able to answer; if it was texted to them in fluent f_ckwit, and they could be arsed to consider it.
The sub-species of Burberry-clad oik that exhibit an inherently crappy dress sense, taste in music (or lack thereof), penchant for bling and fake wannabe Lenny Henry accent remain solely responsible for the aesthitec dereliction of Catford. Lewisham used to be a fairly respectable, if somewhat humble, corner of South East London, but the advent of the Catford chav invasion has lowered the tone quite considerably. Catford has more than its fair share of pound, chicken and mobile phone unlocking shops: probably more per capita than anywhere else in Western Europe. The local school is a sight to behold, as the young mothers (only in the biological sense of the word) queue to collect their malnourished and often inbred offspring”
The post goes on to describe a chavs mating ritual.
Here’s my kneejerk response:
“I live in Catford and I agree it’s deteriorated over the last 25 years. Not just in terms of the people but the quality of shops. We used to have a Marks and Spenser, Woolworths, Comet and Currys on the high street and one by one they disappeared to be replaced by cheap shopping experiences. Now Catford is just a place the more affluent in the borough pass through on their way to Bromley or Lewisham.
Regarding the people who live in Catford, I personally believe it has a lot to do with the closing down of Carrington Hostel in Deptford and the demolishing of many Tower blocks in Deptford and New Cross. The Council regenerated the North of the borough by dumping the drunks and problem families in the south.
And yes; they chose to move to Downham and Bellingham to be close to their extended families. But some of them actually moved to Sydenham (the Bell Green estate to be exact), bringing with them their drug needles and antisocial behaviour.
Not every piece of detritus walking the streets of Catford is a resident. People passing through bring their disgusting behaviour with them. Catford’s low cost shopping experience is attractive to many on tight budgets, not just oiks.
I don’ think there are many places in the borough that don’t have an oik element. It’s possible that given the proximity the Sydenham oiks meet up with their mates in Rushey Green.”
What are your thoughts? Are our problems any worse than other parts of the borough?
To lighten the mood I took a “chav test”. I suspect there’s a bit of “chav” in all of us, I’m 30% chav. Whatever!