In the last five years there has a sharp decline in Romford shopping centre. Many now travel to Stratford to shop. I still know one or two older people, without cars, who buy fruit and veg in the market but they tell me that the place is a real dump and it is depressing to go there..When I was young the Romford area was considered slightly posh. A bit like Ilford. Today Ilford is third world and Romford is going that way. I think they call it progress!
A familiar tale. Wembley used to be considered 'slightly posh' too. It was outside the North Circular. It was suburban Middlesex and it was a bit leafy.