Wrong housing option

PUBLISHED: 15:22 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 31 May 2010

We regularly see the protests of residents in Henham and Elsenham who don t want the proposed new town to be Uttlesford District Council s Option 4 or the Government s eco-town. As I understand, they favour an alternative of spreading these government imp

We regularly see the protests of residents in Henham and Elsenham who don't want the proposed new town to be Uttlesford District Council's Option 4 or the Government's eco-town.

As I understand, they favour an alternative of spreading these government imposed houses across the whole of Uttlesford.

Put yourself in the eyes of a Dunmow, Stebbing or Takeley resident. We already find ourselves in villages that are almost unrecognisable from those which we lived in a few years ago. We have had a huge amount of development and cannot take any more.

Our Conservative administration at Uttlesford is between a rock and a hard place. No one wants these government-imposed houses.

Our elected members and officers should be planning our local development based on our district's housing need, not have Westminster telling them what we must have.

When Elsenham and Henham residents say not Option 4, what is the choice?

Surely not more development in areas like ours which have already taken more than their fair share.

This problem stems from a Labour government that dictates but does not listen.

Carol James, Dunmow

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