I moved away from Northolt in 1974 to go to university. My father sold the family home in 1984 and since that time I have returned often, to visit friends. No longer is it the dull but “respectable” suburb of my youth.
Northolt has never been more than a large housing estate or a place for people to drive through on the A40 to be somewhere nice but the people living there used to be decent enough. Now these Chavvy scum have infected the place with their anti-social Von Dutchery to the point where it needs to be fumigated and then fumigated again, just to be sure.
Here is a link to the full article, if you are interested: http://www.chavtowns.co.uk/2006/07/northolt/comment-page-1/
Every area goes through cycles of development, decline and rebirth. I remember going to Notting Hill in the 1970’s with my mother and her complaining that the whole area had gone to the dogs and it was not the place she remembered in the 1930’s and 40’s. Now of course, it is a very fashionable place to live. The trouble is, I really can’t see how anything would bring about a revival in Northolt.
There are still very few facilities in Northolt other than a couple of rows of grim-looking shops. The swimming pool from my time has been replaced by the new Swim-a-rama but come on now, it is hardly the facility that is going to make you purchase a house in Northolt rather than Harrow, Ealing or Pinner…
I don’t see much of a future for great swathes of London’s between-the-wars housing stock other than further decline, increasing social problems, drug taking, teen pregnancies and crime. I hope I am wrong but with a perspective developed over more than fifty-years all that I can say is that the social and economic traffic has all been moving in one direction.