I live behind 2 universities. It’s adjacent to a circular faux-featured housing estate, a retirement sheltered housing block and an area of adapted sheltered and supported housing for the disabled.
I’m disabled but in the general social housing. I’m on the Residents Association and liaise often with the Students Union and the building site which will be extra student accommodation for 700 new students as the universities expand.
I am shocked, appalled and horrified by the homeowners on the estate with their NIMBYism, their bigotry against the students and the disabled, their casual ageism and snobbery against anyone who isn’t a wealthy homeowner, when they bought their properties right next to the Universities!
Their attitude towards the disabled and the social housing occupants is shameful. I’m only 56 but have complex needs and am myself treated appallingly by these people.
I swear, if I live to be in my ‘70’s or over, that I will NEVER be that judgmental, that sour or that ageist. I’m trapped here with the blue-rinse, conservative voting, bullying and obnoxious residents of this estate.
Ageism is everywhere- and comes from ALL ages. It’s prejudice, othering, bullying and bitterness - and a despicable way to behave.
When did UK governments lose their way?