Tower block homes won’t empty streets How about a Brexit best case sce­nario?

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS - Kevin Halls Bell Green Caradoc Hall in Hen­ley Green

I AM not at all sur­prised by the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to pro­vide tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for home­less peo­ple in Caradoc Hall (Nov 29) be­cause it is com­pletely ridicu­lous.

This is be­cause the block was once owned by the coun­cil but was sold to Coventry Univer­sity. It was sold again to a pri­vate de­vel­oper in 2008 for £2mil­lion – be­cause it wasn’t even good enough for the stu­dents.

The coun­cil now plans to spend £1.7m leas­ing back part of the build­ing to pro­vide tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion. The top two floors are pri­vately owned and the de­vel­oper is also try­ing to ac­quire the rest of the flats. Sounds like an in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tion could de­velop.

The pro­posal aims to save money by mov­ing fam­i­lies out of B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion but does not set out any ac­tion to take rough sleep­ers off the streets, con­trary to pop­u­lar opin­ion amongst Tele­graph read­ers. There ap­pears to be a huge amount of sup­port for this pro­posal be­cause peo­ple seem to think the coun­cil are go­ing to take peo­ple di­rectly off the streets to be housed in the block, which is ab­so­lutely not the case. This is sim­ply a cost­sav­ing ex­er­cise and a shameless pub­lic­ity stunt.

I grew up on the es­tate and it is still a place which I care about. The coun­cil ripped the com­mu­nity out of this area a long time ago when the lo­cal shops and the pub next to the block were all de­mol­ished. It has also been re­ported re­cently that there are over 1,000 prop­er­ties in Coventry which have been empty for six months or more. Why has the coun­cil not taken ac­tion to bring any of these prop­er­ties back into use? Many of these prop­er­ties are in Wood End which is part of the same lo­cal ward as the Manor Farm es­tate.

The Manor Farm has also re­cently un­der­gone a re­gen­er­a­tion pro­gramme how­ever the tower block is still one of the only blocks left in the city not to have had any re­fur­bish­ment work car­ried out. Res­i­dents would like to see it de­mol­ished to cre­ate more space for planned hous­ing near the block.

There have also been prob­lems with the re­gen­er­a­tion works. The con­trac­tors have now all packed up and left the es­tate but there still seems to be some work which hasn’t been fin­ished or car­ried out prop­erly. At one pri­vate prop­erty, a rusty old street sign was put back up on the side of the prop­erty. It was later re­moved but the dam­age to the wall hasn’t been re­paired.

At two other prop­er­ties, there are large gaps in the ex­te­rior walls for no rea­son. There are also sec­tions of road and pave­ment sur­faces which have been left un­fin­ished. There are cases like this across the es­tate but lo­cal coun­cil­lors haven’t been out to speak to any­one.

Some res­i­dents on the es­tate have said they were not in­volved in any plans to carry out work to their prop­er­ties and feel like they have been treated un­fairly. Ian A Rogers Foleshill WE all re­mem­ber the Brexit doom and gloom fore­casts from David Cameron and Ge­orge Os­borne, and we now have the worst case sce­nario pre­dic­tion from Mark Car­ney (note – not a fore­cast). What next, plague and pesti­lence? If the Bank of Eng­land can pro­duce their worst case sce­nario/ fore­cast, per­haps they could also now pro­duce a best case pre­dic­tion. Fred Foster Rad­ford

Great dis­tress of Uni­ver­sal Credit

THE new Uni­ver­sal Credit is still caus­ing great dis­tress to many claimants.

Am­ber Rudd is the new min­is­ter of work and pen­sions. She praises the way the sys­tem is work­ing.

For one thing, peo­ple who are used to be­ing paid weekly, will find monthly pay­ments leaves them floun­der­ing to­wards the near­est food bank.

Am­ber Rudd has much sort­ing out to do to make Uni­ver­sal Credit civilised. Max Not­ting­ham Lin­coln

My Nan’s A Celebrity

My nan went into the jun­gle On I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of

Here, Where she set­tled in nicely Show­ing she had no fear. Rats sat on her face And vipers slith­ered on her chest, Creepy crawlies got in her hair But she won stars in ev­ery test. She dined on kan­ga­roo tes­ti­cles Gulped down grub after grub, De­voured a plate of sheep eyes Say­ing it was like eat­ing in her lo­cal

pub. So the book­ies made her the

favourite And view­ers kept vot­ing her in, So I bet a few bob on her Fifty quid on my gutsy nan to win. Well, she only went and won Much to her ex­cite­ment and de­light, So she cel­e­brated by eat­ing

cock­roaches And downed ten pints of snakebite.

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