New house blues

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

THE build­ing in­dus­try has ex­pressed con­cern about the re­duc­tion in ap­provals for new houses (The Ad­ver­tiser, 11/1/19).

There is no sign of it near my place. Foot­paths con­tinue to be dug up for the lay­ing of pipes, their strips of rub­ble marked with or­ange cones for­ever. Big trucks ooze mud across neigh­bour­ing drive­ways and spill it for me­tres down the road, or stir clouds of dust across the neigh­bour­hood.

Foot­paths are blocked to cre­ate an ex­ten­sion of the build­ing site, to be used for ce­ment mix­ers, rub­bish skips and stor­age for tim­ber, pipes and de­mo­li­tion ma­te­rial, as well as for utes with tradies’ tools. An­other street tree comes down be­cause it is in the way of a new drive­way.

No longer does an old friendly face chat over the front fence, which is now a for­bid­ding wall, and the only sign of life comes in the form of a hur­ry­ing four-wheel-drive with heav­ily tinted win­dows, com­ing and go­ing twice a day.

A re­duc­tion in all of this would be wel­come here. MAR­GARET MINNEY,

Roys­ton Park mon­i­tored as an im­por­tant eco­nomic in­di­ca­tor. Since Oc­to­ber 2017, the num­ber of new builds a month has con­tin­u­ously dropped, and the drop has wors­ened since the last state elec­tion. If the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of a re­ces­sion is three months of neg­a­tive growth, why is it in this in­dus­try after 14 months of con­tin­ued neg­a­tive growth that it is not con­sid­ered im­por­tant enough to act on?

ALEX NEILL, Ur­rbrae

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