OF DEMOLITION AND FENCES

Two metres from our kitchen window, the next door site has been under redevelopment since March.  First they knocked most of it down

demolition

and got rid of the last tree between us – and half the wall too, as it turned out

video tree out

That all started 6 months ago, and has continued all through the hot weather, when we weren’t able to open the windows because of the mess and dust, not to mention the bonfire which burned continuously just in front of our flat … until we objected.  We are developing a Cunning Plan to divert all the wood still waiting to be burnt (what a waste!) to the bonfire our Church Army captain is planning for 5 November.

Then yesterday this happened

fence

… so at last we have a little privacy and I don’t have to peer cautiously round the bedroom curtains before I draw them, as that new fence creates a screen between us and the builders on the site.

‘But there’s a problem’, Hub announced to the builder.

A shade of alarm crossed his face.  ‘What’s that?’

‘What are the wife and I going to do for entertainment now?’

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26 thoughts on “OF DEMOLITION AND FENCES

  1. I doubt there will be any benefits to us! We’re not sure either what benefits will accrue to the owner. They have gutted the building and are planning to turn it into ‘luxury’ flats. All well and good – except that our neighbours upstairs took 2 years to sell their (very nicely-kept) flat with sea view: and the ‘luxury’ end of the market is very slow indeed. Not sure he’s made the right decision.

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    1. I wonder if these one bed flats are aimed at landlords, who can rent to those trying to downsize from the bedroom tax.

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      1. Not sure they will be one-bed: they seem to be bigger than that.

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    2. I guess Gilly, in view of what you say, time will tell what kind of ‘luxury’ ownerships will surface. What jumps to mind is short-term and holiday letting, perhaps, mixed with a few permanent retirement dwellers who have downsized and released their equity. One other possibility is a retirement apartment complex.
      Irrespective of these theoretical possibilities, I do hope any further mucky disruption to you and your neighbours is eased and short-lived.

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      1. I’m rather afraid you may be right: I don’t think affordable housing enters the picture. I don’t think it’s retirement housing. We’re told it’s not holiday housing but is intended for permanent owners. We shall see! Thank you for your good wishes. It’s pouring with rain today, a welcome respite for us and maybe for the builders too!

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  2. No pix either on tablet or desktop computer here. I wondered if it was a metaphoric and illustrative fence.

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    1. Rather generic fence, ever sort of levitating in some areas. Rather interesting interior door colour in demolished property.

      Are you still unable to view the pics? They’re working fine for me now.

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      1. Hi Anne-Marie,

        Got the pictures…I agree with your observations. It is a little eerie seeing times gone by, literally being demolished. xxx

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      2. They need to leave a space for a builder to get through to our side: we gather they are going to rebuild the bit of wall they knocked down, and they are talking of adding another layer to the whole wall, creating a ledge. We’ll see!

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  3. I’m using a laptop….

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  4. Pictures are visible for me.
    OMG!!!! How horrible, six months?!? Dust and noise…no open windows in the heat we’ve had? I would have lost my mind, I can’t survive without fresh air. Oh…the poor tree too….sighs. Thank goodness for a little privacy, hope they are done soon. What a pain!!! All that would have driven me mad! xxx

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    1. It’s going to go on for a very long time yet so I realised I needed to hunker down and not think too much about the annoyingness of it all.

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  5. You just can’t please some people *roll-eyes* lol

    P.s. I cannot see any pics on my iPad either. I’m using the app.

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    1. P.p.s. No pics on my iPad viewing in the browser 😕

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    2. Darn. Obviously it doesn’t show up from google. Thanks for letting me know.

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    3. Could you have another look, please? I’ve downloaded and added it through a different route. Ta!

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      1. Success! What a mess!!

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      2. Well at least I now know something I didn’t before!

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  6. Sorry, cannot see any of the images. 😦

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    1. Would you mind checking again, please? I’ve downloaded them through a different route. Thanks! xx

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      1. Yep! Very vivid images….Wow, you did have to put up with disruption. Glad all is well….. 🙂 Hugs.

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  7. Ha! Ha! Enjoy the peace. Hugs
    P.S. are there meant to be illustrative pics? None that I can see on my iPad. 😳

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    1. Odd! I can see them on my screen. I wonder if anyone else will have that problem? It’s the first time I’ve uploaded from google rather than picasa … maybe that has something to do with it?

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      1. I’ll be checking on m laptop….Let you know. 😉

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      2. That’s an unrealistic, selfish and unfair expectation that people in close proximity should have to tolerate 6 months of choking demolition, fires (!!!!) and major building works. How much longer is the project meant to take?
        I hope there’ll be some benefits in kind at the end of it all, apart from the available wood for November. Perhaps that’s too much to hope for.

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