LIFE IN MY NORTHERN TOWN
I HAVE been meaning to write something for some time about the proposed demolition of the town flats – the Seven Sisters as they are affectionately known. My problem was whether I wanted to see them go or stay.
On the one hand, they are pretty ugly, let’s be honest. They are very much of their time and that time being the 70s when architectural flair and style just did not exist – a time of concrete and form over flair.
They kind of define the town we live in and the fact that since the 70s our architectural heritage has been slowly demolished to make way for dull, grey buildings. I cannot think of any other town where this has been the case to this degree. I can see why people would be glad to see the back of them.
They are not the prettiest buildings, but you kind of get used to them. A bit like a wart on the face – it is just there, and after a while you forget it is there.
Yes, they are ugly but they have become part of the landscape and they are just…..there.
I suppose one reason is because of the setting – if they were in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by trees and hills and things, they would stand out like a sore thumb, but positioned where they are, they just sort of fit in.
And I don’t know about you, but whenever I come back from holiday or whatever, the sight of the flats from afar is my first visual indication that I am back home.
I read one quote from somebody who said that they were “iconic”. Hmmm, I wouldn’t go that far.
In the end I have decided to come down on the side of those who want to let them stay and the reason for this is that the ones that are leading the protests seem to be the ones who actually live there and if they are happy to stay then I really don’t see the point of bringing them down.
And if truth be told, how many people will be housed in the same area? – I suspect not as many.
So let’s keep our warts, shall we? – perhaps with a lick of paint and a new covering they could be smartened up.
We just need to decide on a colour. How about grey?
Some of the Seven Sisters in the town centre