Home for the homeless won't be appreciated
PUBLISHED: 11:51 15 December 2006 | UPDATED: 19:53 01 June 2010
I AM writing in connection with the new development of what can only be described as the Wisbech branch of the Hilton, in a prime location overlooking the river — all for the homeless. I really am angry to see that such a vast amount of money has been spe
I AM writing in connection with the new development of what can only be described as the Wisbech branch of the Hilton, in a prime location overlooking the river - all for the homeless.
I really am angry to see that such a vast amount of money has been spent on such a development for people who really do not appreciate what has been created.
Brand new fully furbished apartments with brand new fridge freezers, brand new specially designed lined curtains and vertical blinds have been installed in the rooms. Do they need both? Satellite television, tropical plants in designer plant pots, integral cafe, CCTV, crazy paving and landscaped gardens, all of which will only be populated by young people under the age of 25 who simply will not look after the flats or appreciate what they have.
While I understand that money has to be spread evenly through the area, I think it is appalling that we have OAPs living in cold damp conditions who fought wars for us and we have people who work and contribute to our economy fighting over car parking spaces with pot holes the size of craters.
I understand that these people need somewhere to live, but I find it insulting that we must build them better quality accommodation than most hard working people who pay for it themselves have.
And to think that next year I will probably be asked, yet again, to pay inflation-busting council tax increases.
I also find it appalling that local contractors have been unable to tender for the construction as it has gone to one single construction company which handles the whole thing, probably at a higher price than if the money was then put back into our local economy.
What's next? A beer garden and roof terrace? Over my dead body. What about when the port has been developed? What will it look like by then as I'm sure they won't take care of their apartments?
Sometimes we feel like there's no point in complaining as nobody listens or takes our views seriously. After all, were just the people who pay for it.