Whoever built this boundary wall was determined to make their home stand out. It features ornate metalwork with bars made from what appears to be rosewood and brick piers topped by metal or glass orbs. The houses in this street are some of the plainest in the area, probably built at speed to meet the needs of a growing population decades ago rather than as an architectural statement so embellishment wasn’t a priority at the time. That was left to the amateur gardeners who moved into them. Unfortunately gardens are disappearing as local home owners find them time consuming and increasingly expensive to maintain, thanks to the introduction of a charge to remove green waste. Walls and gates like these have replaced the privet hedges that once marked out suburbia. The concern I have about this kind of wall is that it seems to encourage what I think of as “compound culture”, a sense that anything the householder cares about ends at the boundary of their property. It seems to shut out rather than welcome in which, to me, raises concerns about what the householder thinks they are shutting out. More and more walls like this are appearing in Greenford and they are nearly always taller than the hedge or fence they replace. In my opinion it is time to make them a planning issue as they are changing the character of the area beyond recognition.
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