Our house backs on to Little Breen Street so I was disappointed to hear that yet another heritage property is to be knocked down to allow a couple of flats to be built.
When one of the councillors representing our ward, who also happens to be a real estate agent, makes a comment like “it doesn’t make sense to have a building that’s totally wrecked inside”, I ask the question:
Did the Ruffells buy it in that condition or did they let it deteriorate?
And for Martin Ruffell to make some inane comment about the railyards being “ugly” – that simply suggests complete ignorance of what is important and unique about this part of town.
It’s the same kind of thinking that almost saw a motorway put through the heart of Quarry Hill a year ago.
It looks like yet another example of people destroying heritage homes and streetscapes purely to make a buck!
Let’s be honest here; these people have no altruistic motives.
Council staff obviously objected. I think they should persist.