Friends and readers.
You may have read recently in the Evening News about the former Royston School site and the now less than adequate Silver Lea care home. Currently there is a report circulating from the Care Commission who inspected Silver Lea outlining a building of poor design, shared toilet facilities, no properly centralised heating system, and well past it’s sell by date.
Poor comments indeed, and we may add at this point could it be due to lack of investment over the period. So dear friends it’s clear Silver Lea has to be replaced with a proper purpose built center. This dear friends is where we part company with financial reality. Silver Lea is on prime land and at least 3 times the size of the Royston site. There is currently 9 elderly complexes within a square mile within the Royston catchment area. This amounts to around 2000 people currently in the care of the City.
Why then is the Labour dominated Committee who have Lesley Prada Hinds, surprise surprise and Cammy squint tie Day in their ranks so keen to move Silver Lea to the former School site when it is plainly obvious even to the most limited of punters that it makes no financial or any other kind of sense. The Royston site currently worth around £1 million pounds depending on who you talk to while it will cost around £4 million to construct a new care home, now comrades that amounts to around a £ 3 million loss.
The land where Silver Lea currently stands is as we say 3 times the size of the Royston site and on prime land worth around £4 million, even those rough figures gives the City a purpose built Care home for the cost of the land and still frees up more than enough land to sell on for development and dear friends show a profit. This of course does not apply to the Royston site.
Who elects these idiots who can’t do basic sums, why even suggest another care home in Royston when we are clearly saturated now. Constructing a purpose built care home further down on the existing site offers the City a potential profit and the residents of a new care home a lovely outlook. The Evening news points out that the Royston site is attracting interest from a developer making the land more valuable and again the City could turn a profit.
Now depending what evolved from any potential development it could offer possibilities, of employment, regeneration and at no cost to the City. Certainly the land would sell for a good bit more than a million quid. So what’s the difficulty. Clearly the comrades think there might be a few votes in it regardless of the cost and saturation of care complexes in the area. They don’t mind flogging off City park and breaking every rule in the book to grab the dosh, and get a few cardboard houses built.
There is a clear business proposition to be seriously looked at here. The sensible pragmatic income raising move would to be build a new care home further down on the existing site freeing up land for development, offering residents a far more pleasant outlook, and sell the Royston site for development depending on what would be developed.
So dear friends with the Evening News having got a hold of this story it must have been spoken about and in some depth. The question we ask is who has been consulted over these proposed plans, answer no-one. But wait on we might have missed a trick here, because the wisdom of Pilton Sucks makes us think that there has been some sort of secretive consultation, and we go further than that and suggest that the insular non consultative Development Options Group are more than likely to have known about this. And dear friends who is involved with this secretive cabal? Why none other than our new mate and now avid Sucks reader Henry 2 jobs Houdini Coyle the great escapologist and laughably titled Housing Manager.
We bet with some certainty that this lot in DOG don’t live in this Community and don’t give a dam what happens here as long as they do alright out of it. So we will move to area 51 in the Nevada Desert if we are wrong which we aren’t. At least in Area 51 we would get to see the alien craft which they found in 1947, but none of us know what goes on in the murky top secret world of the Development Options Group, or as it is more commonly known ‘ the anal retentive group’