I know the village has got some bad press but a friend of a friend who is a teacher on the estate provided me with some information which – to be honest – left me quite stunned! I’ve copied and pasted what I can and I think you’ll agree it makes for shocking reading.
Not enough of the houses have sold so they were sold cheaply to the housing association and an email was sent to all social workers/EWO’s/ advising them if they had any problem tentants who they wanted off their patch, move them to Kingsway!
Until the School opened, we had all the children coming to our school and they are not a nice bunch
Our Head’ went to a meeting about the place the other week and the Police said it is now "one of the worse places in Gloucester, full of drug addicts, criminals and now the drug dealers have started cruising about"!
Teachers at school seem really good, very experienced but one teacher told me that only 2 of her 29 were from private housing, 17 free school meals, 5 on child protection…
Not the original plan for the village, which was suppose to be a nice private development with just a small smattering of social housing – that’s the credit crunch for you!
3 charities that have centres in white city / coney hill have opened centres in Kingsway because most of their most ‘needy’ clients have relocated there!
The police seargent described it as "a terrible social experiment that was going very wrong!"
This was in an e-mail between teachers in the local area. Shocking huh?
I’m not a particularly snobbish person and I know we’ve all got problems with the credit crunch especially those in the building trade but if the above is true I can’t see how it’s possibly legal. If it is true surely I should be able to sue my builder for misrepresentation of the property and the surrounding area? Or take issue with our MP or something?
I’m just totally stunned. I’ve seen minor incidents around the estate but have put this down to general estate life and the fact that Quedgeley isn’t really the nicest area in the world anyway, but if this is the direction it’s going in then I want out. I must admit when I’ve heard people from Severnvale saying how problematic Kingsway is I’ve begun to wonder.
Does anyone have any concrete information on what is happening to the estate? I for one won’t be sticking around if the above is true as having grown up on trouble estates in Birmingham as a child I don’t want to go through that all again.
It seems like everything on this estate is turning out to be a let down. We still haven’t even got pavements for crying out loud!
I really hope someone can help ease my fears.