qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Bank Holidays in Middle England

I packed the car yesterday evening. Not because I was going away, but because I was going to the tip. As a result of work in the garden last summer I had a surfeit of broken brick, tile and mortar fragments to deal with. Although I woke early, I struggled to get out of bed.

Whilst having breakfast, I skimmed the property paper, and discovered my next-door neighbours are moving. Their house is a different design to mine, although the same basic speficiation; it appears theirs is somewhat extended on the far side, and the garden is undeniably bigger. On the other hand, I have double-glazing and a newly refitted bathroom and kitchen, so between us we are probably even, so the valuation was interesting. It's also curious of them to put their house on the market when they live almost opposite a half-finished building site, but I've never thought of them as the sharpest tools in the box.

Unfortunately there was already a fair-sized queue when I got to the tip just after 9 this morning. It's annoying because there is a separate entrance for disposing of building rubble - rather than into a skip, it's just dumped on the ground, from where presumably it is ground up for reuse.

I noted the development that featured on last night's Channel 4 News is not only by the sewage works and the Madejski Stadium, it's also just by the tip on the A33, so I would hardly describe it as desirable. It's interesting nevertheless that they are using solar panels as roof tiles. uitlander's passion for wind farms was invoked in her recent manifesto; qatsi's manifesto would change building regulations to require micro-generation (wind, solar, or geothermal) for all new buildings and incentives to introduce them where practicable into existing ones. I am wary of tax hypothecation, but maybe waiving stamp duty on properties with micro-generation, or being able to reclaim stamp duty paid if micro-generation technology is installed within five years of a property purchase. The difficulty, even with the present grants scheme, is that the time for a return on the investment just doesn't fit with a more mobile population (or a flexible labour market, as I believe it's also known).
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