Sunday, 16 June 2013

Letter to KM on LibDem

Dear Editor,

Last week's KM featured the Lib Dem strategy to save green fields from development by building on  'brown' field sites instead - all very sensible and welcome - however what the Lib Dems failed to mention was that just two months they voted unanimously with the Tories to lift the council's ban on building on these same green fields.

While there are some difficult decisions to solve the housing crisis that faces the town, there are some clear points of need that must be met with urgency. There is a huge and growing backlog of people needing social housing, there are young families unable to afford a home and there is an increasing older population that need modest homes. The one thing that is not needed are large executive homes built on our farms and woodland.

The council needs to tackle the real need for homes, not pander to the profit margins of the construction companies.

Stuart Jeffery
Maidstone Green Party

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