60 Seconds: A first-world problem


60 Seconds: A first-world problem


It never fails to amuse me that ‘angry residents’ (for some reason, they are always angry) seem to prefer an expensive supermarket like Waitrose to the more economical establishments such as Lidl or Aldi.

Often it is a tipping point when new housing developments are being proposed.

Of course we are told that the produce is better at Waitrose and where else can you get paw-paws, mangoes and other exotic fruits?

But all is not well among the upwardly mobile middle classes as reported in that bastion of the left-leaning press The Guardian.

In one of its agony aunt columns, CS of Eastbourne whinges about being ‘humiliated’ on being asked for a re-scan at Waitrose. Quelle horreur as they say in Sussex.

And to add insult to injury, the bag was repacked the wrong way. CS is indeed a fastidious creature.

CS spends a ‘fortune’ in Waitrose (of course he or she does – that’s why it’s Waitrose silly). But isn’t CS lucky as the next day The Guardian reported that more than half of the children in Tower Hamlets are living in poverty.

Now that’s humiliating.

So why do people volunteer to pay more for their weekly shop (like £4.99 for a punnet of cherries) and potentially suffer the ignominy and humiliation of a rescan. Think of turkeys and Christmas.

Obviously a Waitrose ‘bag for life’ easily upstages one from the German retailers.

If you want to keep up your image of being socially upwardly mobile, there is a simple solution: get some Waitrose bags (they’re free) and do your shopping in Lidl or Aldi.

No one will ever know.

See you in the car park on Saturday morning.

Have a good weekend


In the news

MPs Say Let Councils Build
The influential Treasury Select Committee has urged the government to allow local authorities to borrow more money to build new council houses.

Labour NEC Intervene In Haringey
Labour’s National Executive Committee has ordered Haringey to halt the HDV housing project amid a dispute between the Council’s leadership and supporters of Momentum within the Labour group.

English Housing Survey Released
The English Housing Survey 2016/17 was released yesterday, with figures showing that more social renters expect to buy their home than in previous years.

And finally…

Back From The Future 
With the future shape of planning and development creeping up the political agenda, the government could enlist the advise of a “time traveller” who this week claims to have returned from the year 6000 with a blurry photo of a future unnamed city.

This week at Curtin&Co

301 units for Miller Homes

Curtin&Co was delighted to be part of the team that helped Miller Homes and Gleeson Developments Ltd secure a resolution to grant reserved matters consent for 301 homes at Boorley Green in Eastleigh Borough on Monday night. In addition to the new homes, the scheme will deliver a new 100 space car park for Hedge End station

85 units for Taylor Wimpey

Curtin&Co was delighted to be part of the team that helped Taylor Wimpey achieve outline consent for 85 new homes in Warsash in Fareham on Wednesday. Congratulations to all involved

Curtin&Co hires Fareeda Ahmed

Fareeda is an experienced consultation consultant with over 8 years of experience engaging with politicians and communities on infrastructure development projects. She has worked on several planning projects across the UK – including residential, healthcare, sports stadiums and new hotel schemes. Prior to joining Curtin and Co she worked at  as a consultant in the Strategic Communications team at Turley, where she was able to gain a deep understanding of the UK planning system.

Steve Carey – a new candidate in Harrow

What do Peter Mandelson, Silvio Berlusconi and Nigel Farage have in common with Curtin&Co’s own Steve Carey? Before inviting slanderous speculation, we can tell you it is that Steve, a former-Hillingdon councillor has also decided to re-enter the political fray after a period of absence – he’s been selected as a Liberal Democrat candidate in Harrow ahead of the London local elections in May. Best of luck, Steve! #KeepCalmAndCareyOn

Robert Laird stars in City AM

Account Director, Robert Laird, contributed this week to City AM’s discussion on the future of permitted development rights.

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