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Postby dutchman » Thu Oct 28, 2021 4:41 pm

The ones who've moved so far have been the easy ones, they were offered a big upgrade to where they were living previously and huge cash incentives. The remaining families will be a lot more difficult to shift. They are being offered the left-over properties that no one else wanted to live in and in many cases constitute a massive downgrade from where are living at present. :roll:
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Re: "Multi-million pound regeneration for rundown Coventry flats"

Postby dutchman » Sat Dec 04, 2021 3:57 pm

Life on the ghostly Coventry estate set to be demolished

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Life on Coventry's Spon End estate is eerily quiet for the families that remain.

Just 51 families are left on the estate because it has has been marked for demolition and is set to be flattened by 2023.

Once described as a hotspot for anti-social behaviour and fly tipping, the estate is now more like a ghost town.

CoventryLive visited the estate, based on Windsor Street, last week to speak to the estate's remaining 51 families.

The development was built in the 1960s, and getting a house on this estate was a once point of pride for families, as it was hailed as a modern housing solution in the city.

Earmarked for demolition as part of city regeneration, it will be replaced by new homes by 2025, managed by Citizen housing association.

Row upon row of houses are boarded up with metal covers, the playground is locked and defunct satellite dishes line the grey faded walls.

Chatting to us on her balcony, mum of three Monalisa Ball said: "The estate was very good - we are like family and friends.

"It is very sad we are moving out because there are a lot of people from different countries and we formed a very good community."

She added: "When you look at it, you'd be like this place, it is a very bad area, but trust me, it's a very good area, we have formed a very good community here, we know who is who, you can pick somebody's child from school, that sort of thing."

Despite the estate being mostly empty, you can tell there was a strong community here.

It is calm here, people are walking their dogs and you can hear the postman striding the balcony above, delivering letters to the few houses left occupied.

One resident who wished to stay anonymous said: "The area feels perfectly fine, it's quiet, upstairs is all boarded up."

The flats that do have someone left can be distinguished only by a council wheelie bin or hanging basket.

Rows of hanging washing are another indicator of someone being home, and rusted bins and outdoor gym equipment are dotted around the green.

It is worth noting we visited on a quiet weekday morning, when many families would have been at work or school - yet it was still eerily quiet.

Residents tell us that anti social behaviour has dropped dramatically as families have vacated the estate, but say they would like to see more of a police presence, as there are still issues with crime.

One resident also said he has noticed homeless people inappropriately using the estate, particularly at night.

David Nour moved on to the estate in 1998 and lives in a flat with his wife and four children. He said: "It's a lot quieter now that people have gone off.

"It was a nightmare at times - we had kids throwing things at the door, eggs coming in, bins being kicked over."

Mr Nour's Christmas decorations twinkle behind him as he adds: "At one time this was a really nice estate."

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Re: "Multi-million pound regeneration for rundown Coventry flats"

Postby dutchman » Wed Jan 26, 2022 9:13 am

The gas people are currently digging up the mains pipes on the lawns which has exposed where the pavements on either side of what used to be Trafalgar Street used to be. It turns out the flats the flats were built much further back from the road than the original houses used to be, possibly even in their back gardens.

It just seems odd to me that there are now lawns where the road and houses used to be and buildings where the gardens used to be. I would have thought they would have followed the original building line as far as possible to simplify the supply of services such as gas, electricity, water and telephone. It also meant importing lorry loads of top soil to replace where the tarmac and paving used to be.
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