WHAT depressing reading to learn that 74 per cent of our greenbelt is to be used for new housing (The Citizen, August 24).
What other sacrifices does our country have to make to satisfy the criteria of a multicultural society, with our borders open to everyone? England is the most crowded country in Europe and ranks third in density after Bangladesh. What an indictment on those in charge. The Office for National Statistics has projected the landmark figure of 70 million for the UK is likely to be reached in 16 years. No wonder we are losing our green spaces.
I also note that there is little mention that local councils are paid a New House Bonus for every new home built by the local authority. Those who sign petitions to stop development of greenbelt are wasting their time and energy. Where money is concerned a blind eye is turned to any ethics. According to BBC News Politics, a local authority adding a Band 'D' home to its council tax base will receive £8,664 in total over six years. With a carrot of this size during welfare cuts, we have no hope of saving green belt.
Nigel Farage, from UKIP, states that borders should not be open unconditionally to Romanians and Bulgarians, which is the next influx we can expect. Even now apparently, there are 40,000 children living in Warsaw receiving child benefit paid by this country, whose parents or guardians live here! Our infrastructure will crumble trying to meet all these other demands as well as building houses for all the newcomers.
William Blake's "green and pleasant land" will soon be a desert of suburbia, with houses filling every available orifice.