Goodbye incredible view!
3rd April 2014
I remember how excited Tyrone and I were when we found our flat in Liverpool. I called my parents to let them know that after all the searching we’d found somewhere. Tyrone called his parents too. We walked down the street feeling like we had won the lottery. We’d found the perfect home for ourselves and we knew that we were going to be very happy living together.
Sure, we’ve had issues with getting electricity bills, final demand letters for the previous tenants, noisy neighbours, a broken toilet etc. but it’s our home and we love it.
So take a moment to imagine my complete shock today when Tyrone returned from uni with a leaflet he had picked up from the lobby in our building, informing up that right across the road from us they were building a 7 floor block of student accommodation. And what does this mean for us:
- Loss of our amazing view of Liverpool in both directions.
- The building blocking all the natural sunlight that pours into our flat and helps to heat it (thus reducing our electricity bills significantly).
- Students at eye level with me, approximately 5 metres across the road.
- Noise from the student accommodation, the exact reason why I moved out of student accommodation.
- 40 weeks of construction work right outside my window from 7.30am every morning when I’m trying to sleep.
Just to give you an idea, this is my current view from my flat:
You might not think much of it but you can see famous sites such as the Liver Building and the Superlambanana, and the other way yu can see Radio City tower, the Metropolitan cathedral and University of Liverpool. The construction of this new student accommodation is going to take this all away from me. Not just me though, all the people living on this side of the building.
It makes you think really. Did the owner of the flat/estate agents know that this building was going to be built, hence why the rent was so cheap for this particular area of the city with such a view? If they did, I know that they don’t legal have to tell us as renters. However, it’s pretty fucking inconsiderate! This is the first I’ve heard of this project since I moved in during August 2013. I wonder if anyone else on this side of the building has heard? Literally all there was to inform us was one flyer in the lobby! One! Not even one per flat! Tyrone picked it up and bought it up to me so I could read it. The plans aren’t very clear because the leaflet is on an A5 piece of paper so I have emailed the building company to get more details. Depending on these plans we may or may not stay here.
I’d hate to leave because I have made this place our home, and although we haven’t got a lot a money it’s perfect for us. Moving costs a lot of money and it’s an extra stress neither of us need. If we had to move we’d either have to pay more or move further out of town, which would certainly be a huge problem with mobility issues.
I’m having such a crappy time, once again. Within the space of a week I’ve found out I’m going to have to have many hip replacements in my life time, I’m limited to the work I can do in the future thanks to my disability, and my perfect view is being turned into student accommodation.
I’m incredibly unlucky. Who ever had a voodoo doll of me, please can you stop poking it with pins. I’d like a break of constant shit in my life. :_(