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Reply about an Accommodation Complaint
Gan Island Post 5th May 1972

Dear Editor,
I would like to answer 'Siggie' and a few others who have written to G.I.P. in the past few weeks about
the state of the accommodation.
1. If DOE have made, as you say, little or no effort to improve things in the Barrack Blocks there must be a
darn good reason for it.
I.e. works services cost money and only a certain amount of that is available in any one financial year for
redecorations etc.
2. Gannites are always crying out for better off duty amenities and a good look round the Station will reveal
a lot of DOE action in an endeavour to create and service these amenities, keeping then to a reasonable
standard, e.g. 5 a side Football Court, Cpl's Club Squash Court; these all take up time and money.
3. Barrack blocks are also being improved and a major refitting has been, and is being carried out on a couple
of Blocks - it could be your turn next.
4. On U.K. R.A.F. Stations it is common practice for people to apply through the correct channels (if you
want improvement and DOE cannot help), for the equipment, i.e. Paint, Brushes and any other materials, and
do the job yourself on the self-help basis.
It night be a good idea, Siggie, and your contempories to try and improve your accommodation yourself, as it
night get you off your pit and stop you moaning for a while.
As for myself, I am happy in my (paid for) accommodation in block 48, for although it is slightly sub-standard
in my opinion, my little corner is comfortable and clean by virtue of my own efforts.
"OGGIE" (MBE)
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