Prefabulous  
 
 
I decide to follow the path by which stands Patricia and Charles’ prefab. By chance, I arrive at its end as Rose is coming home. Rose is 87 and nothing has been moved in her prefab since she settled there 30 years ago. Everything is old-fashioned and shabby. The only modern picture in the living room is a little framed photo of Princess Diana on the tea table. Rose is sad and bitter. “When I moved here, I was told it would be temporary. The Council was to pull down the prefabs in order to build new bungalows instead and that I could have one”. Thirty years later, Rose is still living temporarily.
   
Alan Mason has been living on Dolphin Road, Redditch, for only two years but he was soon to be involved in the struggle for saving the prefabs. Nina, his second wife, spent almost all her life at number 31, together with her brother Richard and their parents. Alan is the leader of the battle against the demolition of the prefabs. When I meet him at the end of October, the atmosphere is tense. The Council asked the tenants to vote in a ballot for one of the three options: the prefabs are saved but with a minimum of maintenance; they are pulled down and decent accommodation for the tenants; the prefabs are saved with a complete rehabilitation. The last option seems too good to be true to Alan and his fellow tenants. Eventually, they commonly decided to vote for the first option. Now the prefabs are temporarily.
 
 
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