High-rise life ‘ab­nor­mal’ once nov­elty wears off

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

I’VE lived on the top floor of two tower blocks in two dif­fer­ent cities.

Apart from any safety or cladding is­sue, sky rise liv­ing was al­ways go­ing to be ab­nor­mal.

Once the nov­elty of the good view and the chance to get an all-over sun tan (pre-satel­lite snoop­ers) wore off, it was all clunk­ing doors and a cannabis smoke-filled lift move­ment, like an ex­plod­ing Tardis ev­ery five min­utes.

Down on the ground, es­pe­cially in the city, most peo­ple fol­low the rule, you speak to your next door neigh­bours right and left but be­yond that don’t feel obliged to. Pa­thetic.

And in a tower block with nei­ther gar­den nor yard, you can think you’ve no neigh­bours at all. How bad, or good, is that? But at least you can’t hear many dogs bark­ing. Tim Cleal Coven­try

Will stu­dent flats get any sprin­klers?

AFTER the ter­ri­ble fire in Lon­don and the fact that Gren­fell Tower had no sprin­kler sys­tem which may have saved many lives, I see WM Hous­ing in Coven­try are go­ing to put the sprin­kler sys­tem into more tower blocks. Well done WM Hous­ing for do­ing that. Can the plan­ners of Coven­try City Coun­cil con­firm that with all the high-rise tow­ers built for stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, th­ese will have sprin­klers sys­tems in­stalled and the cladding on the build­ings are the ap­proved ones? L M Len­ton Coundon

Thanks for help­ing us save pets’ lives

ON be­half of vet char­ity PDSA, which has a busy pet hospi­tal in Coven­try, I would like to say a huge thank you to all lo­cal play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

We have re­ceived fan­tas­tic fund­ing sup­port from play­ers this year, which has helped us to se­cure a bet­ter fu­ture for thou­sands of pets in Coven­try, as well as pro­vid­ing emer­gency care and life­sav­ing equip­ment.

Since Jan­uary we have car­ried out over 27,000 emer­gency op­er­a­tions across our UK pet hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing Coven­try; pur­chased ten crit­i­cal items through a Na­tional Emer­gency Equip­ment Fund to re­pair or re­place old or fail­ing clin­i­cal equip­ment; hosted Pet First Aid cour­ses which have equipped hundreds of peo­ple with po­ten­tially life-sav­ing skills; pro­moted PDSA’s on­line symp­tom checker which has been utilised over 52,000 times. The free tool has helped own­ers with queries they have about their pets’ health.

Just like peo­ple, pets can sud­denly fall ill, or sus­tain an un­ex­pected in­jury. What­ever the cause, the emer­gency care we pro­vide is vi­tal. For some pets, im­me­di­ate as­sess­ment and di­ag­no­sis can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. PDSA is home to the UK’s busiest pet A&E ser­vice, so this fund­ing helps us pro­vide a vi­tal life­line for pets.

Over £200 mil­lion has been raised by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery for good causes across Great Bri­tain since the lot­tery launched – an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment. On be­half of us here at PDSA and all the pets we treat, well done and thank you. Ni­cola Martin Head of Pet Health & Wel­fare PDSA

No one likes tower block ‘eye­sores’

WITH all the con­tro­versy over tower blocks, it is in­ter­est­ing to see how con­sis­tent Coven­try City Coun­cil’s plan­ning de­part­ment is with its love of th­ese hideous build­ings.

No one seems to like the eye­sore that looms over the ring road near the rail­way sta­tion and there is an­other grow­ing be­hind the Bel­grade with yet an­other now be­ing planned along­side.

Mean­while visi­tors to our city have lit­tle choice be­tween the shabby run-down ho­tels avail­able.

So to the city plan­ners – please take off your blind­folds and no­tice that the city has res­i­dents and visi­tors, as well as stu­dents. Diane Ran­dle Coven­try

The re­mains of Gren­fell Tower

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