Brings back memories of Lily the Pink?
I was watching the scaffolders on my trip back from the job centre yesterday and was truly amazed at their fluid teamwork. (They are doing it again today so the title of this post isn’t totally inaccurate)
As there are lots of blocks of flats in Gib, there is obviously a lot of scaffolding when the outsides need refurbishment.
I’ve watched scaffolders throwing down the metal clips to each other with serious precision. This lot were passing down the planks (and poles) from one floor to the next – don’t forget none of them can see the one above.
It’s on a slide show as hopefully that conveys the motion.
And on refurbishment of government housing blocks, this week the Gib government committed to continuing with the programme of refurbishment on the Alameda estate (the one in the slide show). This is probably due to all the whingey residents who keep asking Partner and everyone else on site when their block is going to get done – there are about half a dozen blocks. (Said Partner is the one in white overalls and a red hard hat on the top level (7th) of scaffolding in the photos).
The government has also said:
“Indeed, we will also refurbish Moorish Castle Estate, Glacis Estate and Laguna Estate which were completely neglected by the GSD when they were in Government and where refurbishment is now all the more important,” said Housing Minister Charles Bruzon.
Well they would wouldn’t they? These are not Gibraltar’s most desirable addresses. But they probably do account for that tiny majority that guaranteed success for the GSLP in last December’s election. Pay back time.
Which is probably also why the previous GSD government didn’t bother with those grot estates that needed the work but instead focused on Montagu estate (a lot of owner occupiers, and far more flash), followed by Alameda, probably one where they could have hoped to swing the vote. Trouble with the Alameda estate is, there are an awful lot of older people there, and they actually liked the Good Old Days of Joe Bossano. Tales from the Alameda to follow.
Glacis and Laguna have been crying out for refurbishment for years, so that announcement gets a thumbs up from me. No pix of those as they are, well, grot.
Note: for non Gib readers which is virtually all of you, govt housing is the same as council housing, assisted housing, public housing etc etc, ie cheap subsidised rented housing provided by the govt, which is sometimes bought by the occupiers – but not always. The current rent in Alameda is around £20 a week, so I understand….
Here, is the sign for one of the blocks, extremely well painted I might say. One of the rather more arty bits of work Partner got to do. I think it merits a photo on its own.