Colony to turn into bedsit land?
PUBLISHED: 16:41 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010
I read with interest your article regarding family homes in The Colony being converted into multi-occupancy dwellings. T
I read with interest your article regarding family homes in The Colony being converted into multi-occupancy dwellings.
This has been happening for some time now in Salisbury Road and the surrounding area and I believe the effect on the local community has been detrimental.
What was once an area occupied mainly by the elderly and young families with children, is slowly being replaced by more and more bedsits.
This in turn has led to more noise, more rubbish and a general sense of people just passing through with no ties and little investment in the local community.
A lot of these properties were purchased through the buy to let scheme and many of the landlords do not actually live or have family in the local area.
Obviously, they want to make money out of their investment, but they are not directly affected by the associated noise, lack of parking and rubbish strewn about the service lanes.
Many of them do not provide enough wheelie bins for the number of occupants living in the property. Some front gardens have become neglected and back yards are being used as general building sites while they convert yet more properties in the area.
This has altered the feel and general appearance of the whole area over the past few years.
It is happening all over the country, but the effects are not always obvious at first as slowly a local community dies as more and more families move out and the area becomes bedsit land overnight.
Rosebery Road, Exmouth.