Affordable homes

PERHAPS I am missing something, but can anyone enlighten me as to why new projects and developments in our city, which are earmarked for new flats, apartments, hotels etc, appear nowadays, to include 400 and 500 rooms for students accommodation. (Evening Times December 27).

On the same day that I read about this, there was also a mention in the Evening Times about 1,200 children being homeless over the festive period, a 40% increase compared to the same time in 2014.

In 2015 it would appear it was 16% less than this year.

Why are there no more affordable homes being built to accommodate these families?

Is it because there is more money attached to housing students than building permanent homes for the future citizens of our city?

I think that the City Fathers should take a long look at future proposals when considering approval for such schemes.

I quote the words mentioned “No child should wake up on Christmas morning without a permanent home, and living in temporary accommodation, will take its toll on these children,s chances in life”.

To our City Fathers, please take note, our children should be given the opportunity to live in a decent home, it’s their right, and sure, by all means, see to it that students have their rooms, which really is only a temporary home for them, but firstly give a thought to our future generation.

It is their city after all.

Terry Lavelle, by email

'Wild west' zone

I SEE by your article that a safe zone is being set up in the wild west of Partick (Evening Times December 28).

I see no mention of safe Zones in Possilpark, Easterhouse, Drumchapel, Castlemilk, Springburn.

But then, according to the people who frequent Byres Road, an area with a pub which receives Arts Council grants, people who stay in these areas do not know how to conduct themselves.

But when you know whose chain to pull you can have almost anything you like.

William Allan, East Kilbride

Dementia care

READING about people as young as 15 being treated for dementia in Scotland (Evening Times December 29), dementia care provision is very fragmented in Scotland.

The care system is happy to let family deal with it until it reaches a crisis.

Support is given by charities such as Alzheimers Scotland.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Government continues to give out methadone wholesale.

Stewie Griffin, posted online