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|Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:45 pm Post subject: Prince Charles crooked Poundbury developer C G Fry & Son
|Prince Charles' Poundbury developer C G Fry & Son - BBC Southern Eye Freemasonry (2000)
22:30 in - Prince Charles' masonic Poundbury developer C G Fry & Son here secretly filmed using masonic elected Councillors to get planning permission in Dorset without declaring their interest.
These freemasons have repeated this criminal (misconduct in public office is the actual criminal offence) scam 27 times.
First Poundbury, now Port-au-Prince: the Prince with a craving for paving
Charles's ambitious housebuilding plans are not to everybody's tastes, Michael McCarthy discovers
So the Prince's expanding property empire rolls on. The Duchy is one of the few housebuilders seemingly unaffected by the downturn and in 2009 the Prince was responsible for more new homes than Persimmon, one of the country's largest housebuilders.
Prince Charles owns two houses in the region of Romania made famous by Bram Stoker
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 4 January 2011 20.00 GMT
Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania. Photograph: Gary Cook/Robert Harding World Imagery
Age: Timeless. A haven of the 12th century in the hell that is the 21st.
Appearance: Mountains, forests, fast-flowing rivers, picturesque castles, sleepy villages, horse carts, elderly peasants ploughing land with age-old implements, blacksmiths sloshed on the deadly local brew palinka plying their time-honoured trade.
Sounds like a nightmare. Prince Charles doesn't think so. He owns two houses there, in the villages of Zalanpatak and Viscri.
Why? Because he feels at home in the 12th century, an era of sagacious kings and sustainable cabbages.
Where is Transylvania? In the middle of Romania.
Can you be more precise? No.
How big is it? Three times the size of Wales.
Isn't it something to do with Dracula? Indeed. In Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Count Dracula lives in a crumbling Transylvanian castle. Thanks to the book and the Hammer horror films, Transylvania is now synonymous with vampires. The local tourist board calls Bran Castle near Brasov "Dracula's Castle".
On what basis? One of Stoker's many influences in setting the novel in Transylvania was local mass murderer Vlad III "the Impaler", the 15th-century Prince of Wallachia, whose family name was Dracula. Vlad once spent a couple of nights in the castle.
Where is Wallachia and how does it compare in size to Wales? Shall I do the humour?
I thought you were struggling. How does Prince Charles feel about Vlad? Oddly enough, they may be related, through his great-grandmother Queen Mary. "Transylvania is in my blood," he says.
Any chance he might move there? Sadly not. He has been visiting since 1998, but his properties are let as guesthouses most of the time, offering a model of small-scale tourism he hopes will ward off the incursions of modernity. He helped block a Count Dracula theme park that would have felled a forest.
Not to be confused with: Poundbury.
Do mention: Eco-friendly princes.
Don't mention: Blood-sucking royals.
Cracks appearing in Prince Charles's dream village in Poundbury
• Residents complain about poorly-finished homes
• Alleys and corners fuel petty crime, say locals
Steven Morris and Robert Booth - guardian.co.uk, Monday 17 August 2009
It is designed to be a living, breathing incarnation of Prince Charles's ideas about architecture and urban planning.
But seven years after the first phase was completed and with a planning application due next month for an ambitious new stage, cracks – literal and figurative – are appearing in Poundbury, the heir to the throne's dream of the perfect English village.
Many people complain that the houses and flats are not finished as well as they would have expected. Others say that the layout, which is designed to be pedestrian rather than car friendly, has created dark alleys and corners. There have been problems with vandalism and petty crime.
Perhaps most seriously, there appears to be a growing sense of "them and us" between people who live in the new build on Duchy of Cornwall land, and the older parts of Dorchester, the town from which Poundbury sprawls out.
Poundbury is expected to be completed by 2025, by which time it will have added 5,000 to Dorchester's population. It is not meant to be a residential suburb but a vibrant place to work as well as live – like a traditional English town centre.
According to the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate that helps fund Prince Charles' activities, the design of the buildings is "unashamedly traditional".
Age-old Dorset materials such as stone, slate and render are used and the quality of workmanship is controlled by the Duchy through agreements with builders.
But take a stroll around and you bump into residents who are not happy with how their homes are standing up. Wayne Bennett, 25, who lives in social housing, claimed he had damp and cracked walls: "They tried to put it up too quickly. It's a shame. You'd think with the prince being involved they'd have taken more care."
Ron Rosbrooke, a retired civil engineer who lives in a handsome-looking mock Georgian house, tells how he recently pulled a fan cord in his bathroom and was drenched by water that had collected above in the fake chimney.
"I'm not sure the training is good enough these days. The skills just aren't there any more." But he also thinks the whole development is a little "tight". And he worries it's going to get worse when the new buildings go up.
Painter and decorator Ron Parker says he's kept busy maintaining the Poundbury houses. He points out rusty nails and hinges. "They should have used galvanised. Little things like that make a difference."
He claims a lot of the wood used was soft and unseasoned. "It won't last like they used to," he says.
Then there's the gravel, a big bugbear. The Duchy was keen for gravel to be used for footpaths. It looks great but does not stay in place, and ends up being trodden into homes. And last winter it turned out to be impossible to clear the snow without clearing a lot of the gravel away with it.
Teresa Chapman was working hard to heave her pushchair carrying two-year-old Lily May through the gravel. "It's hard and wearing flip-flops is not a good idea in it – very painful," she says.
Kellie Shapley says in her back yard, the gravel is used by cats as a toilet. "It's a bit smelly out there."
Not far from Pummery Square, which is dominated by the Brownsword market hall, single mother Clare Robson says her rented house is cramped for her three children – and she has a leaky bath – but it is the alleys that she really doesn't like.
"I find them really scary and dangerous. They're great in the day but at night the kids come and bang on the door and then run off down them. I'm frightened to walk them by myself at night." She darts back into her house as a group of young men with a box of beer walks past on the way to the park.
The lovingly designed shelters in the parks have all been vandalised. Even a new one on the Great Field – built in consultation with the teenagers who will use it – was full of broken glass, smashed stone and graffiti when the Guardian visited.
Maurice Allen, the chairman of the Poundbury Residents' Association, said he felt that some of the people who are complaining about their homes were "nitpicking".
He said: "Clearly people pay a premium to live in Poundbury and their expectations are unrealistically high. Things aren't made as they used to be."
He accepted that more needed to be done to counter the "them and us" feeling, not just between people inside and out the development but between those on the inside who owned their homes and those who lived in social housing. And he said the gravel was an "aggravation".
But he insisted that crime was low – just one burglary in recent months – and vandalism was on the decrease. "Overall it's a very good place to live," he said.
Simon Conibear, Poundbury's development manager, said Poundbury had been "an overwhelming success among the people who live here" and pointed to a survey by Oxford Brookes University that showed 86% of residents were glad to have moved here.
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