Letter to the Editor - November 1: Development a dud
SCHOOLIES and uni students are going to love the new Jetty, five-storey development.
Large balconies? Perfect for noisy parties. Bottle shop nearby? Excellent.
Beach and restaurants within walking distance? Couldn't be better. No adult supervision? A dream come true.
Town planner Deb McKenzie thinks the development will be a "good economic and social outcome for the Jetty area" and that the "aging population makes such developments more viable". Tosh.
Small bedrooms and only one car space (not even a LUG) do not attract owner-occupiers, retired or otherwise. Nor does the thought of bringing home the weekly shopping on the local bus become an attractive feature for prospective permanent residents.
The town planner says that marketing will be to owner-occupiers. Sure, but investors are the ones who will buy and put them straight on the holiday rental market and, as always, it will be the investors who do not have to live near the unhappy results.