“ECO-TOWNS: what an oxymoron is that! How can a new town be ecologically friendly when it is built on a green field site which entails concreting over large areas of the countryside and destroying natural habitat?” asks Sally Wood in her Straight Talking column in the June issue of Freedom, the British National Party's monthly newspaper.
You only have to think of all the additional traffic and congestion it will generate, free to spew pollutants into the air.
Take the small village of Micheldever in the North Hampshire Downs. Here in this delightful rural landscape of rolling hills and wooded copse: home to owls, bats and a rare pair of stone curlews, Eagle Star Insurance have plans to concrete over it and construct one of these new eco-towns.
Another eco-town is proposed near Couldwell and Roslington in South Derbyshire. Bank Development are planning a 5,700 unit settlement which will entail the felling of national forest trees and a new road to feed its new eco-town of ﾃ｢ぎﾋ廨rovewoodﾃ｢ぎ┐. How eco-friendly is that!
It appears that 40% of these homes are to be affordable housing, but for whom?
The English are simply not replacing themselves, but they are now fleeing our ever increasingly crime-ridden cities to be replaced there by economic migrants. Surely if these economic migrants were told to stay in their own countries their carbon footprint would be lower, and that has to be good for the planet.
From every angle these eco-towns can only be an eco-disaster.
ONE of my earliest memories is of peering through railings atﾃあan elderly neighbour tending his plot in the allotments at the end of my road in South London.
I still think of that today whenﾃあI flash passed in the train and spot the same site.ﾃあThe allotments have long since disappeared only to be replaced by an ugly block of flats with a garish mural which adorns the entire flank wall. It seems like something from another country.
Where I live now there was much consternation when the Liberal Democrats, who ran theﾃあCouncil at that time andﾃあwho are always keen to proclaim their green credentials, decided to allow aﾃあHousingﾃあ Association development on the nearby allotments.ﾃあSince thenﾃあmany of the council houses in our areaﾃあhave become occupiedﾃあby Eastern Europeans and others from overseas. When I recently tried to put my name down for an allotment on the sole remaining site I was told there wasﾃあa waiting list of at leastﾃあforty people before me and I could be given no indication as to when I was likely to reach the top of the list. Prepare to put your name downﾃあwhen youngﾃあif you wish to get one in this lifetime!
With the United States now convertingﾃあa fifthﾃあof its corn to ethanol toﾃあprovide approximately 3-4% ofﾃあthe fuel needed to run itsﾃあcars and trucks,ﾃあthe price of food worldwide has rocketed.ﾃあﾃあCoupled with that, the droughts in Australia and China have resulted in a shortage ofﾃあriceﾃあwhich has caused some countries toﾃあcease exportingﾃあrice completely for fear of food riots.
Britain was last self sufficient inﾃあgrain, meat and dairyﾃあinﾃあthe 1830ﾃ｢ぎ┐sﾃあand today self-sufficiency stands at only 60%, which makes us particularly vulnerable to a decline in food imports. During the last war when this was of concern,ﾃあten percentﾃあof our food was produced from gardens and allotments. It is hard to imagineﾃあsuch aﾃあfigure could be reached today especially as many gardens in urban areas are now housing developments having beenﾃあdesignated as ﾃ｢ぎﾋ彙rownfield sitesﾃ｢ぎ┐.
As for that allotment . . . look around for one and youﾃあcouldﾃあwell look in vain, for whereﾃあit used to be you may find instead an ugly block of flats housing people from other lands and giving us the responsibility of all those additional mouths to feed.
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