A little off our Aviation Safety agenda, but as fire and security are major concerns we have been following the Greenfell Tower disaster withy increasing dismay, clearly the UK and the minority Conservative government has a major and continuing problem with dozens of tower blocks being clad with combustible materials that are likely to go up in flames, as it did in the Grenfell Tower disaster, when over seventy people (and possibly more) needlessly lost their lives.
But it seems to us, no one in authority, is urgently working out how all these families and couples can be immediately and comfortably moved out to a place of safety, whilst remedial work is carried out, panels removed and sprinkler systems installed, or perhaps whole tower blocks knocked down and low rise properties built in their place.
Well we might just have the answer, admittedly it is radical but this is an emergency and with some support could work to everyones' advantage. We are also sending this message to MP's and hopefully someone will actively run with it, and bring some relief to all those affected.
During the boom years in Northern Spain, many, many thousands of well appointed roomy low-rise apartments were constructed, but then economic times suddenly changed and whole populations moved as new work opportunities were created ( mainly with the holiday industry) in the South. The legacy is vast conurbations, that are already built to a high structural standard, but remain empty, and with very little cosmetic work and Spanish Government agreement could be made available to displaced UK families within days.
Families could be given the option of moving permanently (with support) to Spain, or just for a short fixed period of time whilst their tower blocks in the UK are either repaired or demolished. Spain would welcome the investment, on the plus side the cost of living in this region of Spain is far less than in the UK, and for the majority of the year somewhat warmer too!
The Northern Spanish region of Galicia is unlike Southern Spain, it's more like Wales, very green and the temperatures more in line with the UK during a good Summer! The main port is Vigo, a popular port of call with cruise lines, and known to the British as Lord Nelson captured the City twice and sank the Gold-laden Spanish Armada in the Bay of Vigo . The gold is said to be still there!
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