Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“That’s the owners’ perogative”
Sixteen mansions on the most expensive stretch of the second most expensive street in the country are empty except for the pigeons that have taken over. Outside there are padlocked gates, windows shuttered by steel grilles and overgrown grounds patrolled by guard dogs and security guards. But that doesn't prevent their value from rising. Asked whether leaving homes vacant for decades was acceptable a Conservative councillor replied: "That's (the owners') prerogative. It is difficult to imagine what one would put in place to force things to be different to how they are." MW was not asked to comment on that remark. (Article's a few days old but wasn't posted here).