Dear Editor, Before we get carried away with ecotowns, such as Long Marston, saving the planet, we need to put them in some kind of perspective. CPRE believes there is a case for building 285,000 new homes in the West Midlands region in the next 20 years and that we can do that sustainably and provide for people who need new homes.
The Regional Assembly is advocating 365,000 new homes - but that does not include the ecotowns.
If we want to reduce carbon dioxide emissions shouldn't we be ensuring those houses are built to the highest ecological standard, rather than allowing developers to build between 5,000 and 20,000 extra
homes on sites which would otherwise be likely to have been turned down?
And why would they have been turned down? Precisely because their poor location means they would generate extra traffic which would exacerbate congestion and increase carbon dioxide emissions?
However many offices and shops are built on site, people will still be free to move out from Birmingham to these houses and commute in.
There has to be a worry that these developer-driven proposals are more about the Government's obsession with housing numbers at any cost than about really tackling climate change.
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The rich just get richer
Dear Editor, Former oil company boss Sir Mark Moody-Stuart reckons all gas-guzzlers should be taken off our roads. And so they should (Former boss of Shell calls for an end to 'gas guzzler' cars, Post Business February 5).
Not only is it the case that the more fossil fuel we burn the more CO2 we generate, but we also drive up the cost of fuel and the cost of living, followed by more people being driven into hardship, a situation from which the rich can capitalise - repossessions and the like.
Basically if we burn more fuel the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
If the rich don't curb their excesses, their vanity, their greed, then the war on poverty can never be won and ultimately mankind could well cease to be. But not before it suffers floods, drought, famine and pestilence. We might stop exceeding speed limits too. What a drain on our resources.
Quick response to parking plea
Dear Editor, Your music critic Christopher Morley recently commented that the city council should not make it difficult for the public to park at events at Symphony Hall and Town Hall.
I see from your edition that the council has responded - parking fees are being increased.