Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:15
In our village the builders have built an estate with more houses than the original village - the houses front straight onto the roads which are very narrow so pedestrians and vehicles share the space and each house is allocated one parking space where there are usually two working adults each with a car.....so they park on the narrow road leaving little room for a fire engine to pass if needed. At the planning stage they applied to build a quarter of the number they ended up with, and local people wanted family homes with gardens so we got - guess what - three storey blocks of flats which are mainly owned as investment properties and rented out.
City of trees? Well there were lots of trees originally, but that concept is long past and its more a case of "how many units can you cram into this space" and to h*** with quality of living.
When you cram people into a small space you create problems as youngsters have nowhere to go except to the pub, or to take their cans into the local playpark.
Have we learned nothing from past mistakes? Profit comes before absolutely everything else.