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Does spending £billions on renovating Westminster represent good value, or make sense?

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Does spending £billions on renovating Westminster represent good value, or make sense?

Post by sickchip on Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:41 pm

A self indulgent waste of money. They could have a modern building that offers the space to do their 'jobs' at a fraction of the cost.

Why not spend £6billion building much needed affordable council housing instead?

Does austerity not apply to the habits of pomp, ceremony, circumstance, and the establishment?

Serve the people and their needs first; and don't selfishly throw £billions at a vanity exercise for a parliament that could be housed and held elsewhere at a fraction of the cost.
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Post by boatlady on Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:51 pm

Shortly before the election, I saw a proposal to convert the HoC to affordable rented accommodation and move parliament to a modern facility in Hull - seemed to me to make sense - would help solve the London housing crisis and promote greater equality nationwide
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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:53 pm

I would personally be content to see the seat of Government translated to somewhere like Manchester or Birmingham, but it ain't gonna happen. The Palace of Westminster, together with Westminster Abbey is a World Heritage Site. https://www.westminster.gov.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/workspace/assets/publications/westminsterplan-1374853002.pdf

The fabric of the buildings would be maintained whether Parliament met there or somewhere else.
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Post by sickchip on Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:29 pm

The Palace of Westminster, together with Westminster Abbey is a World Heritage Site.

So what! It's not more important than people's lives, and is not worth maintaining to the tune of £7billion (and we all know the final figure will be more). Re-establish parliament elsewhere (my inclination would be to keep it in London), and demolish Westminster - or turn it into a training facility for young people to learn various maintenance/building skills.

I don't care if it is a World Heritage Site......if people are being forced to use food banks and we can't afford welfare, we certainly shouldn't be wasting money on an old pile of stones.
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Post by sickchip on Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:14 pm

And now £150million to tart Buckingham Palace up. Isn't it a pity we are prepared to make other British citizens homeless and use food banks at the same time as spending such money on these buildings.

Our priorities, or at least those of our government, are clearly very wrong, misguided and immoral.
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