It looks like more problems may lie ahead for TV celeb Kevin McCloud’s HAB HOUSING COMPANY’s eco housing development at the former Dunmail School site in Southmead.
Launched in a blaze of ecstatic c-list
publicity by snooty Channel 4 property presenter McCloud alongside Mayor No
More Ferguson in 2015, they promised us the “HOUSING OF THE FUTURE“. And the future duly arrived in 2017
when Bristol City Council agreed to
BAILOUT the project by underwriting it with £500k of our money.
Now news emerges about a HAB development, ‘Lovedean Fields’ near Winchester in
Hampshire, which a local councillor has described as “RESEMBLING A BOMB SITE“. Originally marketed as “a
collection of beautiful three, four and five-bedroom homes” with facilities
including allotments, play areas, an orchard and a wildflower meadow, the
reality is turning out to be very different.
The councillor reports some of the roads on the development “DON’T HAVE THE TARMAC ON,” while completed
roads are already CRUMBLING. A
number of homes, due for completion in 2017, have “MAJOR PROBLEMS” including flooding and many are still covered in
scaffolding. As for allotments, play areas, orchards and wildflower meadows,
they’re all reported to resemble “A
This latest HAB cock-up follows press reports over the summer revealing that
small investors who sank millions of pounds into HAB – which stands for
“Happiness Architecture Beauty” – to fund bonds for this celebrity eco-housing
adventure have been told they could face LOSING
UP TO 97% OF THEIR MONEY. In September it emerged that attempts to
restructure HAB bonds had failed and the company risked being wound up or
falling into INSOLVENCY.
Quite where this leaves Bristol City
Council is anyone’s guess. But if they want their “housing of the
future” in Southmead to be habitable and have road access they may have to
fork out some large sums of money.
Labour Party members in Bristol North West are FURIOUS with a leaflet their moron MP, Darren “Dipshit” Jones, distributed in Henleaze and Westbury on Trym recently.
Apparently coming from “FRIENDS OF DARREN“, not the party that selected him, the leaflet ditched Labour’s usual red branding and logos for some fetching GREEN branding instead. Dipshit then informed readers he supported the so-called ‘People’s Vote’, a second referendum on Brexit, an, er, Lib Dem policy – and invited people to donate to his “INDEPENDENT ELECTION FUND“.
The leaflet went on to say, “For those of us who support Darren but don’t want to donate to the LABOUR PARTY, we can now donate to his Independent Re-election Fund. Donations will be held independently by Darren and all donations are welcome.”
These leaflets were targeted and distributed in Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym. Apparently solely for the benefit of the local Waitrose crew as not a trace of these leaflets can be found in the WORKING CLASS AREAS of Dipshit’s patch such as Avonmouth, Southmead and Lockleaze.
What’s going on here then? Is this a middle class coup in Bristol North West? Members have been expelled from the Labour Party for far less …
There was a very LOW KEY decision from the Vicar last month to continue spending £351k a year to keep open his Bristol City Council office in Brussels and to provide a nice little slush fund for his aimless mayoral trips abroad.
This will no doubt come as especially good news for residents of HARTCLIFFE, SOUTHMEAD, LAWRENCE WESTON and FISHPONDS. As, following his destructive Tory cuts budget that closed all neighbourhood Customer Service Points, the Reverend can now proudly boast that his council has an office open for business in Brussels but not in, er, Hartcliffe!