8:01am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Letters
A COUPLE of residents at Brecon Court spoke to me about the meeting with local councillors and their officials last week and how they were left with the impression that the council had already made up their mind to redevelop.
The council’s agenda handed out at the meeting was, to say the least, rather one-sided. It described three options: firstly ‘renovation’ and that was summarised by officials with 16 negative points following a structural survey. It may be helpful for residents to comment if they were to have a copy of that survey to read for themselves.
Option two was about demolition and rebuilding ranging from 14 bungalows to 72 flats. Hmmmmmm, I wonder how many homes developers would want to build on the site.
There is no mention of how much the council may get from selling the land.
The strange third option was to do nothing which was described as “not an option”. However, it does seem as though that has been the approach for much of the past years.
This is a nice community of one bedroom and bedsit properties in an attractive setting and if it was to be redeveloped I suspect the location will end up as the usual high density bland looking blocks of flats. More importantly, it will cause severe disruption for the elderly residents.
There is insufficient evidence available to form a view on the best way forward, but it does seem as though the residents and neighbours are not being consulted with balanced information.