A View to Spoil Proud Couple's Comfortable Life

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A View to Spoil Proud Couple's Comfortable Life


A"mover and shaker" who stalks the corridors of power in the Vale of Glamorgan tells me of a friendship which is close to breaking point.

It may seem an exaggeration and perhaps a little presumptuous to talk of corridors of power and movers and shakers in the Vale, but they do exist and the decisions they take have a major impact.

In the coming weeks and months my mover and shaker will be involved in decisions that will shape the future of the Vale and its people for years to come.

It will not be easy and my mover and shaker is already concerned about the possible impact on relationships and friendships.

I don't wish to identify my mover and shaker and so will refer to him/her as "Z".

Z is friends with a couple in their sixties who are looking forward to peace and comfort in their twilight years.

This couple opted not to have children, preferring to seek joy and comfort from other things, not least creating a fine house they are proud to call home.

The couple are calm and relatively stress free, not least because they have not had children running about the place and posing no end of worries with exams, careers and the general bother of getting ahead in an evil world.

"Not a thing is out of place in their home," said Z, with a hint of envy. "It is really lovely."

The house is close to the Vale's Garden by the Sea and enjoys impressive semi-rural views.

All that could be about to change, thanks to decisions which have already been taken by Z and his/her fellow movers and shakers, and decisions which will have to be taken very soon.

The relentless drive for more and more houses in the Vale will mean that the couple's house will be surrounded by other properties, spoiling their views and ruining their dreams of a contented retirement. …

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