Vogon Kwaltz (Ian McNeice): Attention, people of Earth. I regret to inform you that in order to make way for the new hyperspace express route, your planet has been scheduled for demolition. Have a nice day.

We received a letter this morning from Manchester City Council. Seems the small area of land that stands between the little estate that we live on and the main road is going to be ripped up – and a new primary school is going to be built there. This is going to have several effects.

1) They’re removing several footpaths between our little estate and the main road – now, in order to get to the main road, we will have to go around the school, in one way or another, a detour of around 5 minutes, depending of course on how fast you walk. In addition, the bus stop is about 50 yards from the end of the footpath that connects our little street with the main road, removal of the footpath will render that bus stop almost completely useless.

2) They’re digging up the land to build the new school and a playing ground/area where we currently walk Jess. Its a lovely stretch of green, with trees, where i take a lot of my photographs. It’d be a real shame to lose that.

3) We’re going to have to live not only with all the traffic and upheaval while they build the school, noise and so on, but once the school is built, there’s going to be immense traffic both in cars and on foot from people bringing their children to school every day.

4) the area is going to become even more of a crime/antisocial behaviour magnet than it is already because a) what are kids going to do during their lunch hour? b) people will be trying to break in at night.

5) This is actually inteded to replace a school that is about 500 yards away from where we live now. While i can see that the current building is rather old, I do not see why they don’t tear down the old school and build a new one – planners should be thinking of the environment and reuse of brownfield sites, rather than destroying green areas, that are used by the local community.

It stinks. and yes, i will be complaining. But for now, I’m going to leave you with another Hitchhiker’s quote:

Mr Prosser: “But the plans were on display…”
Arthur: “On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
Mr Prosser: “That’s the display department.”
Arthur: “With a torch.”
Mr Prosser: “Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”
Arthur: “So had the stairs.”
Mr Prosser: “But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”
Arthur: “Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard.

At least we should be thankful we were informed of the plans before the planning permission was granted, i suppose…

* quotes from “Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

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