Post by Penny
On Thu, 29 Nov 2018 01:37:00 +0000, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
Communities are often their own worst enemies though. I was speaking to
some on the parish council at a recent workshop, and I suggested there
should be more _one_-bedroom accommodation built - as that's one of the
main demands, but seems woefully underprovided. I also dared to suggest
flats don't hurt - I'm not talking about tower blocks, just small units
that make better use of available land (also, young single working folk
often don't have _time_ to garden, nor often desire), but I was told
that even the _suggestion_ of three-storey buildings had apparently
caused uproar at some public meeting )-:.
All our recent house-building activity here has included 3 and 4 storey
buildings with one and two bedroom flats. But this was a woollen mill town
in the 19th century and the mills were usually 4 storey, the lower two
often consisting of back-to-back accommodation with the upper floors open
plan along the terrace so the working area had the best light. Some of the
new blocks do look a bit too big (modern standards won't allow low
ceilings) but they generally fit in and are surely more thermally efficient
than the remaining old mills which have been converted.
Sounds like an enlightened council - not afraid of (a) flats (b) one-bed
The "modern standards won't allow low ceilings" bit puzzles me: why not?
I know some people like vast spaces above them, and my mother certainly
used to enthuse; however, it's never bothered me having a low ceiling,
and I certainly feel it's cheaper to heat. (And, presumably, gets more
accommodation in a fixed volume.) Or is it only _very_ low that's
banned? AFAICS, as long as it's well above the height of, say, the top
1% of the population, why do you need any more?
I don't know if park homes are exempt: I can just reach my ceiling with
three fingertips with feet flat on floor, or all my fingers and thumbs
(not quite palms) if on tiptoe. Hang on, I'll measure: about 7'5" or 226
cm. That seems more than enough to me. (A thought: light fittings. I
don't have any dangly ones except one over the dining table.)
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