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