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More housing needed in Wyre Forest

Peter John – Editor
Kidderminster Shuttle
30th October 2016

Dear Editor,

The Mark Garnier MP Shuttle wrap - around was descriptive and naturally puts the Conservative Party in a good light.

However, Mark mentions the vote to leave the EU. His information refers to trade in the post-Brexit period.

I welcome the efforts of Trade Unions to get decent pay and conditions and the fall of unemployment in Wyre Forest.  But we still have serious issues which need to be resolved. First, we need more housing, perhaps 2,000 more in the next period of 5 years, private housing and Community Association Housing.

The Lea Castle site looks to be going forward with perhaps 650 units. But this is perhaps below the 1,000 homes required for the site to become a provider of school places, shops doctors, pharmacy, recreation and bus services being made available for a thriving development, and not an “isolated ghetto” but a housing settlement very worthy of residence, and not merely a saleable or dormitory semi-urban replacement for all of the old buildings on site.

Personally, I wanted to see a Science Park at Lea Castle with well paid jobs and high skills, research and development, computer and technology based.

Housing preference should firstly be developed on brown field sites (previously developed) sites.

I hope to be given space to comment further on the EU exit and its effect on jobs and economic development in Wyre Forest.

We have massive questions to answer also on the NHS, Education and the future direction for a progressive Britain. I voted to stay in the EU.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Nigel Knowles   - Franche and Habberley North
Labour Group Leader WFDC

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/letters/14879610.Housing_is_pressing_issue/

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