Sad demise of Gunnels

PUBLISHED: 12:03 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:28 06 May 2010

What a sad day for Stevenage and those who have fought so hard to stop the mindless idiots from knocking down part of Stevenage s past grand house. Let us not forget the Caldicott Youth Centre in Highbury Road or the very grand three-storey Victorian hous

What a sad day for Stevenage and those who have fought so hard to stop the mindless idiots from knocking down part of Stevenage's past grand house. Let us not forget the Caldicott Youth Centre in Highbury Road or the very grand three-storey Victorian house that once stood on the corner of Elmside Walk, both here in Hitchin. These two grand houses were not just knocked down with a ball and chain, but taken apart brick by brick and window frame by window frame and loaded onto the back of lorries.

It must be very uncomfortable and cause embarrassment for the people who live and own Gunnels, knowing that they have upset so many of the people who live in Fairview Road and that the folk of Stevenage have a very dim thought of these property owners.

Lastly, thanks to The Comet for the covering of the Gunnels, but I do not think it is over just yet.

Thank you also for printing my letter dated May 5 regarding the railing at 37 and 38 Queen Street, Hitchin known as the Titmore Cottages. I was very pleased to see that the railings have been repaired, so well done Hitchin Forum for taking this matter up, as it's heritage that comes first, not financial greed.

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I sympathise with the residents of Fairview Road, what with the flats being built, and now with Gunnels house under threat.

We have the same problem in Walkern Road, with a new estate being built on the allotments, and now a builder wants to partly demolish a house on our crescent. Walkern Road cannot take any more cars, it is effectively a single lane road now, what with cars parked either side, so you can imagine the problems of getting to work, put the dust cart into the mix, and it is very hard to get down this road.

Now we are going to have 20 more homes built. It is not going to be long before the road completely snarls up, and all this before the school run. Could the councillors please stop and smell the roses with regard to infill building and our roads which cannot take the extra traffic.

LEWIS JONES, Walkern Road, Stevenage

I may be a little late to the discussion, but it occurs to me that the St George's Way hotel and the development in Fairview Road will generate more income for the council, ie, business rates, parking fees and council tax, than the much more sensible and socially acceptable alternatives proposed.

R T WILSON


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