|A regional fire centre in a time warp|
£50,000 could pay for a firefighter for a year and a bit. But the cuts mean that jobs go and the scarce resources left go to pay for empty properties. This sort of nonsense is rife in America with shopping malls lying empty bereft of shoppers. Factories left with flapping doors, rats taking up residence in places their parents could only have dreamed of.
One wonders how much more of this property lease back merry-go-round there is out there. A shrinking retail market, some towns with loads of shops closed. Is Southern Cross the tip of an iceberg, or just a one-off? I don't think the fiasco of the bank lending is over by a long chalk. In fact, a few more doors may be opening.