Residents of East Dulwich are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the state of the Co-op on Lordship Lane.
The shop, which is located on the high street has been receiving complaints recently due to the decrease in standards of one of East Dulwich’s most popular supermarkets. Customers have started to complain about a number of issues such as the temperates being too cold, lack of trollies, food past their sell-by date.
Regular shopper Lynne said: “The last lot of meat I bought there was past it’s sell-by date, as I only noticed when I got home.” There have also been complaints of lack of staff on hand which a user on East Dulwich’s forum claimed: “The manager apparently told my friend he can’t get shelf stackers, he has stock going nowhere!”.
There is competition on the high street however with an M&S down the street. When asked which shop she preferred, resident Barbara Woodman said: “M&S provides us with what we believe we deserve, whilst, the Coop gives the locale it’s heartfelt indifference.”. Despite poor standards of the Co-op, some are still reluctant to use the M&S which is also located on Lordship Lane. “It has always been freezing and there’s overpriced stuff littering M&S too!”.
Popular local pub on Gowlett Road closing down, owners announced earlier this week on their Facebook page.
Local punters have reacted sadly to the news wishing the owners the best in the future as well as talk of trying to save the pub which has served the community so well in recent years.
Manager Johnny Henfrey believed the pub really brought the community together and was a hub of diversity; young people coming to the DJ nights, long-time regulars visiting often, parents bringing in their children for meals and local workers stopping in for a quick pint after work.
Southwark council however has listed the building under Article 4 which is set up to save public houses such as the Gowlett as well as other pubs in the borough.
Heavy police presence around Dulwich and Peckham have exacerbated fears of rising crime in the area. A number of sirens were heard on the high street on Monday 25th.
Armed police officers have been seen roaming the streets and comforting residents with their presence. 638 criminal offences have been committed since January this year. Residents however do not seem phased; ‘I don’t normally seem to notice any extra police presence in this area to be honest with you, we just go about life as usual, you just get used to it.’ was the response from Jamal Kundi, 43 after being quizzed on the issue. This being said, moneysupermarket.com have reported East Dulwich as being the ‘Burglary hotspot of the UK’ with 61 claims per 1000 quotes made in the area. Full time mum, Kayleigh Stephenson, however was surprised with the figures stated, claiming ‘I think there has been a bit more of an increase recently.’
There have also been 47 reported shoplifts since the turn of the year. As a result, shopkeepers have implemented more security measures in response in hope of bringing figures and the crime rate down in East Dulwich.