Hats off to the Council for biting the bullet on 19 Lavender Hill – compulsory purchases are a risky business, and looking around London it’s obvious that a lot of authorities just quietly ignore similar eyesores (the shambolic & roofless buildings on The Pavement in Clapham stand out as a prime example). It’s still a tip of course, and smells of pigeons as you walk past though – I wouldn’t want to be the estate agent trying to shift it!…