Bromley By Bow, E14 - Area Around Ailsa Street
Ailsa Street is immediately east of the Blackwall Tunnel northern approach road in Tower Hamlets. Some of the site is currently vacant & plots that are occupied contain a mix of uses such as scrap metal merchants and the Leaside Wood Recycling Project whose animal wood carvings are often displayed on the pavement beside the A12. The Project are dedicated to recycling and re-using as much wood as possible in the Greater London area
There were plans in 2012 to build a large waste disposal plant on the site but local opposition led to these plans being scrapped by the council. The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation had plans for the building of housing on this site and aimed for 2,340 new homes in this area that encompasses Imperial St, Sugar House Lane, Three Mills and Poplar Riverside. However the corporation was abolished in 2013 and land assets were transferred to a subsidiary company of the Greater London Authority. Exact plans and timescales are unknown at time of writing
I have wandered around this site over the last decade (this is where the milkfloat in the Derelict London book was photographed) though dont expect it to remain in its present state for another decade.
Croydon,CR0 - The Toy Tree
Along the Gloucester Road (at the St James Road end) is a huge collection of cuddly toys. Apparently the skip company that occupies the site found a discarded toy in one of their skips and they put it in the tree. More and more abandoned cuddly toys were added to the tree and then also along the fence above the front wall.