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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Not Required
Date: 13/08/2007 Time: 09:57:47
I do not think that the constant use of terms like 'wrinklies' is helpful in this matter. It is disrespectful and could be hurtful to some older forum readers.

How about upping the ante and moving on to 'coffin dodgers'?

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Sinnikal
Date: 13/08/2007 Time: 10:25:57
Steed, I've done a bit more digging and it appears that the age discrimination laws apply only to the workplace.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Steed
Date: 13/08/2007 Time: 11:05:53
So in the eyes of the law some discriminations are more permitted than others.

Why is age discrimination not permitted in the workplace? Because it's ethically wrong. Why is age discrimination ok at the moment of buying a house in your home town. Because it's ethically acceptable. Something wrong somewhere there.

"All of us are equal, but some of us are more equal than others"

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Sinnikal
Date: 13/08/2007 Time: 11:46:55
I smell a hint of what I term the 'modern selfishness'. A sort of ghettoisation by choice.

You know, wanting to only live surrounded by 'my type of people'.

I personally feel that this is a move that can only be ultimately detrimental to society.

Anything that seeks to destroy a spirit of compromise and fosters a culture of exclusivity is a bad move IMHO

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Steed
Date: 13/08/2007 Time: 13:36:38
To be fair, there are valid arguments in favour of concentrating large numbers of retired people together, namely it can facilitate access to essential medical attention and enables a warden to keep an eye on things to make sure everybody is ok.

However, there are also serious drawbacks, one of which Wozie pointed out earlier, that people tend to sart getting into a rut of "being elderly" whereas they wouldn't if they were surrounded by younger neighbours. What's the use of buying a retirement home with theoretically better access to medical facilities if you then end up unwittingly losing a lot of incentive for being more active and healthy?

But there's also the negative effect on the town itself and on its economy and culture if you have a distortion at any point in the population pyramid. In the case of having a lot of retired people compared to couples with young children, you're stoking up a future rural depopulation scenario.

And as for that age discrimination for buyers, it would be interesting to see if a government could defend that in the EU tribunals of fair trading.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Sinnikal
Date: 13/08/2007 Time: 14:28:12
Everything you say there makes sense Steed.

I just find this growing tendency to group people into convenient categories undermines the idea that we are, in reality, as individuals, a mixture of a lot of different categories.

Age is one thing people can have in common, but it says nothing about the individual characters.

A healthy community needs a good diversity to maintain it's vigour, I hope that Nailsworth retains its own (vigour and diversity).

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Wozie
Date: 13/08/2007 Time: 17:28:57
Too many wrinklies = a dormatory town and inevitably is heavy on the medical services.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Steed
Date: 15/08/2007 Time: 08:01:13
Ok, if it's legal to discriminate against consumers on age grounds, let's play it by those rules then.

Build good quality cheap houses and provide generous credit facilities for the buyers. Maximum age 40 years old.

That way you save the future of the town for coming generations.

When is the by-election?

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Wozie
Date: 15/08/2007 Time: 14:38:57
I think you maybe onto something there S as retirement homes do sometimes seem to be cheaper than first time buyer homes.

Trouble is that when the cheaper starter homes are sold on the price tends to rise out of reach of the first time buyers.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Chad Valley
Date: 15/08/2007 Time: 14:57:25
It may seem cheap but once you get to the small print you will be amazed how much it will cost.

The flats will be leasehold and each flat will have to pay a maintenance charge. This could well be in the region of £250 a month. This will provide a property maintenace manager aka a warden. That is on top of the coucil tax. Would imagine that each flat would be in Band B. Thats another £100. Therefore, thats £350 just for starters.

This may cause alot of reaction but a good proportion of so could old people are very well off. By down sizing to a flat,this frees up alot of money, which can often be used in the local economy.

The flats are in an ideal location for the local amenities such as library, restarurants, etc.

However, before I get slagged off after all this I do feel that Nailsworth is joining just another band of towns with this type of development. Highworth and Cippenham in Wiltshire,are just 2 examples.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Steed
Date: 15/08/2007 Time: 16:18:52
Valid points CV.

I would also like to clarify that I want the best solution for everyone here. Senior citizens retiring and downsizing into town flats should be welcomed wholeheartedly into the community.

However, I do feel extremely uneasy about the long term social and economic consequences of this bulge at the top end of the population pyramid. We need faclities for people of all ages.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by LF
Date: 16/08/2007 Time: 09:31:59
Make your own mind what you think of this stort in todays Citizen

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This tinyurl is a very good idea

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Barking
Date: 16/08/2007 Time: 13:24:44
After listening to all the noise from that site in the last few days I'd be surprised if any animals were still there.

There was also a very strong smell of fuel that filled my place up every time the wind blew. I'm assuming it came from the building site but would be interested to know if anybody else had the fuel stink.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by News Knight
Date: 16/08/2007 Time: 19:20:38
I find it stange that nobody else has picked up on this story.

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McCarthy Old Folks Home Building Site - Photos by Bluegirl
Date: 26/08/2007 Time: 10:59:28
yet another unaffordable housing complex being built in our little Town.

Hands up who can afford one of them really nice apartments / houses at the top.

I am sure that as usual with new housing there will be a big influx of people who have never even heard about the area until they move here, and for the people who live in the area now, wanting to buy a property... NO HOPE !!

Overpriced undersized housing has to stop.

We need real affordable property for the people who already live here and want to move out on their own,

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