Citizen editor: If we have to say goodbye to the greenbelt, we must have affordable homes there
WILLIAM BLAKE wrote of our green and pleasant land. It is a vision that encapsulates England and, indeed, Gloucestershire.
Yet building 6,000 new homes on the greenbelt is going to impact somewhat on the fields and vistas many hold dear.
It will change the whole character of areas affected and put pressure on infrastructure.
Yet, we need to be realistic. We need more homes and they have got to go somewhere.
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So many of our young people cannot afford to get on the housing ladder as it is.
It is by no means ideal for greenbelt land to be used, but we must ensure any developers taking on such land are required to provide a percentage of properties to cater for those who need a chance to buy a home.
EVEN now, when people talk about the floods of 2007, it is with incredulity about what we went through.
The flood memories conference is an important means of reflecting on that period. We know so many lessons have been learned already from that ordeal, but it is still important to take stock of what happened to see how we move forward for the future.
IT has been more than a year since a woman was raped in Abbeymead.
Yet here we are, months down the line, and it seems police are drawing a blank.
What is so worrying about this case is that there was real belief it could have been linked to other attacks. Please, if anyone knows something they have not come forward about so far, call the police on 101.