A changing fabric

First published in Letters by

THE University of York has for a long time, and continues to do so, altered the fabric of living in our city’s eastern suburbs (The Press, December 28).

Because the university expected and was allowed to have the accommodation needed for its continual expansion of student numbers provided by the private housing stock, local residents have dramatically reduced in number, which has led to school closures.

The university should have been made to provide accommodation on site. The new Derwenthorpe development should help sustain the local schools.

One further point in the article is interesting. The outgoing head teacher bemoans family homes being bought for students, thus changing family life in the area, but then says she will spend part of her retirement at her second home in France.

I do hope that family life in this part of France has not been dramatically altered by too many foreigners buying holiday homes there.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington.

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1:08pm Mon 7 Jan 13

J-Dawg says...

The University's location and the need for student accomodation raised the value of the houses in the area around.

It was the greed of the local residents who decided to cash in on this rise and buy in a cheaper location which you should be aiming your anger at. Either that or you should have been quicker to cash in yourself.

Regarding school closures. This is a problem, however as one school closes, another gets bigger and perhaps one which may have loooked as closure previously has been saved instead.
The University's location and the need for student accomodation raised the value of the houses in the area around. It was the greed of the local residents who decided to cash in on this rise and buy in a cheaper location which you should be aiming your anger at. Either that or you should have been quicker to cash in yourself. Regarding school closures. This is a problem, however as one school closes, another gets bigger and perhaps one which may have loooked as closure previously has been saved instead. J-Dawg
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7:40am Tue 8 Jan 13

last of the mandms says...

I noticed that St. Josephs Monastery appears to have bitten the dust so I guess that and the old DC Cook garage sites will be next.
I noticed that St. Josephs Monastery appears to have bitten the dust so I guess that and the old DC Cook garage sites will be next. last of the mandms
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10:15am Tue 8 Jan 13

Mulgrave says...

The point is surely that nothing is set in stone and areas change over time. If we are fixated on 'family' all the time where does that leave those whose children have left home or the childless if they occupy a roomy house in the area. Will they suffer the same discrimination as that continually heaped on students?

Disruptive behaviour in a community is a serious issue, and needs addressing, whoever is responsible, however 4 or 5 young adults occupying a property is a very effective use of resources, there is never an unused room in a student house! It could be argued that the familiy homes in the area with bedrooms set aside for student offspring to return to in the holidays from their studies in other towns and cities are just as much part of the problem, but would anyone seriously want to put their name to a campaign againt this?
The point is surely that nothing is set in stone and areas change over time. If we are fixated on 'family' all the time where does that leave those whose children have left home or the childless if they occupy a roomy house in the area. Will they suffer the same discrimination as that continually heaped on students? Disruptive behaviour in a community is a serious issue, and needs addressing, whoever is responsible, however 4 or 5 young adults occupying a property is a very effective use of resources, there is never an unused room in a student house! It could be argued that the familiy homes in the area with bedrooms set aside for student offspring to return to in the holidays from their studies in other towns and cities are just as much part of the problem, but would anyone seriously want to put their name to a campaign againt this? Mulgrave
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