Stu­dent hous­ing bet­ter than va­cant city cen­tre

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

JUST lately, there has been much con­tro­versy and dis­cus­sion about stu­dents and their ac­com­mo­da­tion sit­u­a­tion in this city. Whilst I have the ut­most sym­pa­thy for res­i­dents whose prop­erty is near, or in­deed sur­rounded by HMOs (Houses of Mul­ti­ple Oc­cu­pancy), I re­alise there must be con­flict be­tween the dif­fer­ent life­styles of those con­cerned. As many peo­ple com­plain when­ever a derelict shop or build­ing is con­verted into stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, surely the al­ter­na­tive of let­ting these build­ings rot and decay, or re­main va­cant for years, is much worse than putting them to good use, and free­ing up res­i­den­tial prop­erty? Stu­dents bring much-needed life, vigour and money to this city. I don’t mean sim­ply the money that they alone spend here, but also the money that their friends, rel­a­tives and fam­ily spend whilst vis­it­ing them. Shops, pubs and restau­rants must all ben­e­fit from this in­flux of peo­ple, and the cash that they in­ject into the econ­omy. So in­stead of knock­ing these wor­thy short term vis­i­tors to Coven­try, in­dulge and wel­come them. Peter Sur­tees Bed­worth

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