How will the town cope with growth?
I AM perturbed at the scale of the proposed housing development in Horncastle. Around 600 new dwellings are planned.
The sites of Mareham Road - 129 dwellings and Langton Hill – 300 dwellings, being the largest.
I reckon that will involved at least 1,700 new people moving into Horncastle within the next five or six years.
The current population of Horncastle is approximately 6,000 so that's a 28 per cent growth. Horncastle will no longer be the town it is today. Can't we learn from Boston? Too many people introduced has caused friction and trouble.
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How do our roads cope with another 1,000 extra cars? The implications for the infrastructure are horrendous.
Roads, schools, policing, doctor's surgeries and hospitals are all inadequate. Flooding problems exacerbated. Very old drainage and sewage pipes will have to be renewed.
Who pays for all this work? That's us folks - the existing council tax payers. Where are the jobs for 1,000 or so more people and where are these 1,700 people now? I have not seen long queues at the estate agents.
What's the reason for this proposed indiscriminate and insensitive development?
I suggest it is to make money for the landowners, estate agents, builders, etc.
I know I speak on behalf of many other residents in Horncastle who also consider these proposals unacceptable and deserve to be chucked out.
David and Bridget Baines