Here’s a wonderful thing. Above is a photo of Foxtons in Blackheath. Does that look like “non-illuminated fascia” to you? No, didn’t think so.
Which is interesting, as their planning consent clearly states that their signage doesn’t light up.
Advertisement consent was approved in September 2010, in
respect of the installation of non illuminated fascia and projecting sign.
It also states that they must not open on Sundays. And yet every Sunday, there they openly selling overpriced flats to the good residents of Blackheath. Because council planning rules don’t apply to people who can afford to flaunt them.
They’ve currently got a planning request in with the council to adjust the opening hours to include Sundays. I’m sure it will be approved. Maybe they could put a children’s library in the basement at the same time?
The council should either enforce planning rules or just not bother and go home. I’m sure there are other useful services they could spend the money on.
(thanks to 853blog for the tip-off).
UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, it appears that this photo was taken in 2007.
Photo showing Foxtons mini clearly parking in the disabled space outside the Post Office. I guess it’s possible that the Foxtons employee is disabled, and was just nipping to the post office. Anyone know? The concerns raised in the leaflet from a few months ago about their lack of parking spaces appear to be valid.
Also pointed out in the email:
Greenwich Council don’t allow businesses in Blackheath to have internally illuminated fascias. They don’t have permission to use illuminated outdoor signage. Foxtons seem to be ignoring that.
They’re also ignoring the fact that they don’t have permission to trade at weekends as per their planning consent agreement.
You stay classy, Foxtons.
Original photo below (with the other car numberplate obscured):
Foxtons are doling out free muffins at the bus stop. Really.
“Would you like a free muffin sir?”
“Any particular reason why not?”
I’m waiting for a damn bus to Lee Sainsbury’s. Do you really think I’m your target market? Have some shame.
Yeah right. Did anyone else receive these leaflets? They’ll also get planning permission to open yet another estate agents in Blackheath, despite 135 local residents opposing it.
Then they’ll send letters to your children offering to sell their houses, as Kate pointed out:
My 18 year old daughter, still at school, received a letter today from the yet unopened Blackheath branch of Foxtons estate agents asking her if she wished to sell her home. The only problem being that she does not own it. Has anyone else received misguided communications from Foxtons, is this a new scam to try to persuade teenagers to sell their parents homes from underneath them. I’d be interested to hear. Should we be worried?
Brilliant! I’d be more concerned about an estate agent that thinks an alcohol free bar inside their shop is a good idea… Oh, and this from 2006. I’m sure they’re better now…
This photo of an estate agency in Blackheath is brilliant. And how often do you get to say that?
The new Foxtons, which is replacing the army centre, (see here and here previously), will have a hard time living up to that… Especially given that 135 people didn’t think it was appropriate to build another bloody estate agents in Blackheath – from the council’s planning page:
Incidentally, I emailed the council asking them why they approved it, given that it was 135 against and 1 in facour. They replied, informing me that they had approved it. So I asked why again. Still waiting for a definitive answer. Planning laws seems so opaque in this country.
Clocks photo by Garry Knight on Flickr.
And you thought that the election finishing had brought an end to interesting leaflets… Look what’s appeared through my letterbox….
The longer I live in Blackheath, the more I think that a secret to a well looked-after area is a good number of rich old people. I mean, who else would have the time or the cash to leaflet-bomb the whole neighbourhood? Looks like the work of a Blackheath Society member gone rogue to me…
Not that I’m against it. There’s no way that we need another estate agents in Blackheath. So if you want to stop it happening, take a look at this. Maybe they can go and put their branded minis somewhere else.
Foxtons planning to invade Blackheath – Abbie commented:
Interesting anonymous note regarding the recently closed down Army Recruitment Office just dropped through my door reading:
Foxtons Estate Agents have brought the old Army Recruitment Office at 9 Lee Road, SE3 in the Village & have very quietly applied for change of usage.
1. Change of usage is a virtually impossible task for anyone apart from foxtons for some reason. By granting this the council will be setting a dangerous precedent which could lead to the demise of your already beleaguered local shops.
2. Foxtons would require parking permits for a very substantial number of cars for the station car park which is already overloaded. Should this happen parking in the village will become virtually impossible. This will be further aggravated by the planned closure for redevelopment of the Blackheath Grove car park.
If this is of concern to you you MUST write or email by Wednesday 12th May at the latest to:
48 Woolwich New Road
020 8854 8888
Quote Ref no: 10/0847
Sure enough, if you search around on the Greenwich Council’s website, here is Foxton’s request.
This seems like a really unnecessary addition to the high street.