Wednesday 5 December 2012 1.52pm
In defence of the council, I must say that a few years ago, the council and a private developer wanted to build two blocks on the site of the garages in Pocock Street
. One of 7 storeys and one of 6 storeys. The 7 storey building was to be flats for sale, and the 6 storey social housing. St Georges mansions and the pub would have remained untouched. I believe the project was rejected on it being too "high density", though you shouldn't quote me on that.
I said at the time, that, that proposal was probably the best plan we could hope for as we dont know what the future may bring, but the world and his wife disagreed with me, and some were quite venomous.
I said that we could end up with a building equal in height to Manna Ash House. Now what's proposed?
Now the climate for developers has changed in their favour. I really get no satisfaction in saying, I told you so. I know that we desperately need social housing. I'm lucky enough to live in a council flat, but the council are where they are. They need money, and this is one way of getting it.
Also, to portray all developers as evil demons is just plain childish. Who was it that built London? It wasn't the council.
In anticipation of lots venom,