Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
What can you get for one pound these days?
That brand-new, multi-bedroomed, Palladian-style mansion you can see on the horizon, was built by a very rich man, with no expense spared on detail.
It distantly dominates the skyline of the small village from where I took the photo yesterday, but it is difficult to tell that from this image. There were a few opponents to the location, but he managed to get it squeezed through the normally stringent planning procedures in this area somehow.
How did he make his money? Simples.
Bristol City Council sold him acres upon acres of old industrial wasteland near Avonmouth - for £1.
Without doing anything at all to the vast expanse of hard-standing, he quickly let it out to companies who import cars through the Avonmouth docks, and now the whole estate is covered in an ever-changing multitude of brand new cars awaiting delivery to various dealers around the country, each one clocking up a weekly rental fee of quite a bit more than £1.
I wish I had thought of that. I could even have afforded to buy the site if it was £10,000 and not just one.