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Crass waste of resources
SO AT last, after lying empty and boarded up for eight years or more, work has begun on the redevelopment of the former Shipton Street School.
The combined conversion and new build will provide much-needed new homes and end a protracted period of uncertainty and speculation for local residents. Unfortunately, my dear friend, the late Margaret Hope, who lived in Baker Street, is no longer with us to celebrate.
By way of contrast, however, demolition has begun on the former nurses’ accommodation at the rear of Union Terrace. Apparently, it makes economic sense to pull down these buildings and send their furnishings to landfill rather than convert the accommodation for current use and recycle the furniture. The blocks are owned by the NHS and, in spite of their best efforts, the housing authority could not make the funding stack up that would have put the bricks and mortar to better use as social housing.
Meanwhile, a stone’s throw away, is Arc Light, a direct access hostel for homeless people.
Is it any wonder so many of us question the need for Government cuts when locally we have an example of such a crass waste of resources?
Ginnie Shaw, Grunden, St Olave’s Road, Bootham, York.
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