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Letter: Building on the green belt at Heywood

Date published: 29 April 2018


Dear Editor,

Once again we see the lack of consideration for the environment and the concerns of local residents.

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/118332/secretary-of-state-gives-green-light-for-major-regeneration-scheme-in-heywood

The proposal to build on the green belt in Heywood demonstrates the shortsightedness of the current discredited council.

The Green Party has identified alternatives to the widespread destruction on the green belt; measures that should be considered before we allow developers to destroy our environment.

Yes, we do need more housing, but this should predominately be social housing.

We can, and should consider measures along the following.

First, make use of our existing houses. Renovate existing empty social (council) housing. Use local firms and local labour, which also gives us a further benefit of local jobs for local people.

Adapt derelict property and use empty areas above shops.

Ensure that builders with existing planning permission, going back months and years, build houses.

Identify the numerous pieces of waste land and build on these. Again look to local firms to do this.

Brown field sites may be more inconvenient for larger developers but we should not allow them ignore these sites in favour of green field sites. We should not just lie down and be walked over by these national companies.

Who do the council represent – developers of local residents?

I think we know the answer.

Ask your local candidates for their views and look at the voting records of existing councillors who are standing.

The Green Party, and others, want to see changes to the way in which our council operates. We need a change; think about who gets your vote and show the existing entrenched discredited elite what you think.

Yours,

Mick Coats

Green Party
Candidate for Norden

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