Wednesday 24 November 2004 4.58pm
I hate that the development of every small scrap of local land is turned into a development of 14, 70m2 identical flats, and the two in Decima Street
are worse than most. Tay Court in particular seems wholly overdeveloped for the area it occupies. The flat that runs along the alleyway to Long Lane
cannot have a single room that is not clearly overlooked from the pavement. And not content from stuffing the maximum number of flats onto the site, the developer made sure it was badly built as well. I have not seen inside, but the standard of construction along the outside at ground level is so bad it is laughable. The windows are too small for the openings, and the 25mm gap between window and wall has been filled with a black sponge, the soffit is made of some sort of painted plywood and it has been cut and carved around several of the structural bolts from the steel above where they were installed at the wrong level, and the junction between the wall and the soffit is by a painted mild steel angle (ready to rust) which collects the rain running down the wall and directs it into the ceiling. - and this I noticed from just walking past , who knows what horrors there are on close inspection. It looks OK now but in five years time it will look terrible. And who then will want to live in a small, dark, tatty, and overlooked collection of flats. It upsets me sometimes that in all the progress we are making in all aspects of our quality of life, in the places we can eat or be entertained , the places we work, and the whole public environment, the quality of private housing that is considered acceptable remains so low.