Last night over 100 local people gathered to talk about the rogue landlord situation brought to public attention by the BBC Secret History of our Streets documentary. It was a long and difficult meeting, skillfully handled by Cllr Paul Convery. Allowing people to have their say and express themselves emotionally without it degenerating into a lynch mob.
I attended and used twitter to report the main points. You can find a full report of the tweets at this link in an easy to read form (you don’t have to sign up to Twitter). There is also an interview with Paul Convery here.
I’ve also spotted a post i missed before about some enforcement action on ‘The Pleasure Garden’ at 278 Caledonian Road also allegedly owned by the local landlord in question. There’s a lot of circumlocution going on about whether this place is a brothel or not and whether it has connections to local organised crime. Here’s two reviews or ‘Field Reports’ of punter’s sexual experiences at the Pleasure Garden as a place where sex can be procured. Before clicking the links please be aware that they are graphic and contain images that might offend and are not suitable for work or family consumption. You can use your own judgement about whether these reports are true or not. Field Report one from Feb 2010, Field Report two March 2010.