Letter to the Editor: Empty pubs should be used for community housing and jobs

Letter to the Editor: Empty pubs should be used for community housing and jobs

Letter to the Editor: Empty pubs should be used for community housing and jobs

First published in Letters to the Editor

The Worcester Park Tavern really must not be turned into an Islamic Centre and must not be used for any religious purpose. I have no problem with anyone having a religion but the current problem in our communities is housing! Hello anyone out there who is listening.

Abandoned old pubs such as this can easily be used for housing projects such as the one I have in mind.

I would be able to save the local councils millions every years by putting my projects into action.

Not only could I house about 10 people in this property, (people who might otherwise end up on the B&B scrap heap) but I can help those people develop some business opportunities within the building.

The first job obviously would be to bring the property back into use by making sure it is habitable once more. This can easily be achieved by those who choose to live there, with some help from others in the community/ local businesses etc. and the backing of the local council. Anyone from any race, creed, colour or religion would be welcome to help out or offer advice.  

Let's stop allowing rich developers to knock down these interesting and useful old buildings only to replace them with hideous and overpriced blocks of flats. After all who ends up living in these new buildings? From my experience it is rarely if ever those in dire need of somewhere to live and a chance in life. In fact many are left empty for years and many are simply built for foreign investors.

Let's invest in the people who need a hand getting their lives back on track and give them the opportunity to give something back to the community.

If the local councils cannot see this simple solution then is anyone interested in sponsoring such a scheme or participant on the scheme?

There are a number of these "abandoned" buildings in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

 I see them as potential dwellings and business opportunities. We can marry them up with people who need somewhere to live and a business opportunity.

Many of those on benefits actually don't want to sit around waiting for a council home and hand outs. This is just the media stereotyping people in order to boost viewing figures and sales.

Is anyone with me on this?

Please give me your backing or buildings like this will be knocked down and replaced with the ugliness of greed and excessive wealth rather than the sense of community.

Gillian Day    

 

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7:13pm Wed 13 Aug 14

D Hoole says...

have a look at this link :
http://www.ymcalsw.o
rg/ycube
The YMCA might be interested in using such a place, or co-operating with you, especially if it has a good-sized car park. Their 'Y Cubes' are stackable micro houses which can get past normal planning restrictions as they are 'temporary structures'. For their Merton / Mitcham project they have raised funding by offering interest to ethical lenders.
have a look at this link : http://www.ymcalsw.o rg/ycube The YMCA might be interested in using such a place, or co-operating with you, especially if it has a good-sized car park. Their 'Y Cubes' are stackable micro houses which can get past normal planning restrictions as they are 'temporary structures'. For their Merton / Mitcham project they have raised funding by offering interest to ethical lenders. D Hoole
  • Score: 5

11:31am Thu 14 Aug 14

Gingepiece says...

I think this sounds like a great idea and is the sort of thoughts and ideas our politicians and council should be putting forward and thinking about. Such a shame that it never comes from those mouths who are in better positions to impact and make a difference/change.

But I guess its about time we stop waiting for them to wake up and we get on with building and improving our communities ourselves, I would be more than happy to help out and join a project such as this. I am sure there is every chance myself or people very close to me could soon need to rely on such project.
I think this sounds like a great idea and is the sort of thoughts and ideas our politicians and council should be putting forward and thinking about. Such a shame that it never comes from those mouths who are in better positions to impact and make a difference/change. But I guess its about time we stop waiting for them to wake up and we get on with building and improving our communities ourselves, I would be more than happy to help out and join a project such as this. I am sure there is every chance myself or people very close to me could soon need to rely on such project. Gingepiece
  • Score: 4

5:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Emily_Brothers says...

The Plunkett Foundation may be interested in this kind of project, as it is keen to develop community assets through co-operative values.

http://www.plunkett.
co.uk/

Emily Brothers - Labour Party Candidate for Sutton and Cheam
The Plunkett Foundation may be interested in this kind of project, as it is keen to develop community assets through co-operative values. http://www.plunkett. co.uk/ Emily Brothers - Labour Party Candidate for Sutton and Cheam Emily_Brothers
  • Score: 0

10:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Petals1 says...

This sounds like an interesting idea. Too many buildings are standing empty when there are people desperate for accommodation. Landmark buildings like the Worcester Park Tavern should be preserved..these are the buildings that give a place character and too many have been lost already. The development of the Drift Bridge Hotel some years ago shows how feasible it is to turn a pub into residential accommodation. Alas it is too late for the Organ and Dragon in Ewell...rapidly demolished by Lidl as soon as they acquired it. The people of Worcester Park need to speak up now before it's too late.
This sounds like an interesting idea. Too many buildings are standing empty when there are people desperate for accommodation. Landmark buildings like the Worcester Park Tavern should be preserved..these are the buildings that give a place character and too many have been lost already. The development of the Drift Bridge Hotel some years ago shows how feasible it is to turn a pub into residential accommodation. Alas it is too late for the Organ and Dragon in Ewell...rapidly demolished by Lidl as soon as they acquired it. The people of Worcester Park need to speak up now before it's too late. Petals1
  • Score: 4

12:36am Tue 19 Aug 14

imasumak says...

"If the local councils cannot see this simple solution"
Local Councils "CAN" see these simple solutions, but there is no economic benefit to them. It is far more personally enriching and lucrative for councils to help Rich Private investors secure these properties. Among so many possible community supporting uses, using some of them as bases for the setting up of community supported "Food Banks" to help so many in need of food assistance would be an excellent use. Using them to setup Community Youth Centers offering job training, various classes and interesting social activities for youths and providing them with a worthwhile place to spend their time instead of running the streets aimlessly getting into trouble. An Islamic Center? I think not! What is desperately needed are "British" Youth Centers!" where Muslim youths are welcome should they wish to participate. The councils must not be allowed to dictate the uses of these pubs. If so, nothing beneficial to the community will come of it. Greased palms have no conscience! Remember that!
"If the local councils cannot see this simple solution" Local Councils "CAN" see these simple solutions, but there is no economic benefit to them. It is far more personally enriching and lucrative for councils to help Rich Private investors secure these properties. Among so many possible community supporting uses, using some of them as bases for the setting up of community supported "Food Banks" to help so many in need of food assistance would be an excellent use. Using them to setup Community Youth Centers offering job training, various classes and interesting social activities for youths and providing them with a worthwhile place to spend their time instead of running the streets aimlessly getting into trouble. An Islamic Center? I think not! What is desperately needed are "British" Youth Centers!" where Muslim youths are welcome should they wish to participate. The councils must not be allowed to dictate the uses of these pubs. If so, nothing beneficial to the community will come of it. Greased palms have no conscience! Remember that! imasumak
  • Score: 8

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