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An open letter to Steve Barclay MP; Mayor James Roberts; and all councillors of Fenland.

Councillors have just passed two plans for building in March. One is to build 118 houses on a flood plain off Wisbech Road; the other is to build 28, mostly large, houses near to Estover playing field.

The builder was supposed to pay £77,720 towards public open spaces, libraries, lifelong learning and railway improvements, plus a contribution to education – but now will only have to pay £10,000.

Letter to the editor (28597181)
Letter to the editor (28597181)

This is going to cause the following problems:

1. Road congestion due to an increased number of cars on already busy and badly-maintained roads.

2. Doctors, dentists and schools, which are already running well over full capacity, will have to accommodate more people.

3. Possibility of major flooding on the Wisbech Road site, the same as the flooding four years ago which caused damage to the Meadowlands Factory Outlet site shops, one of which had severe flood damage, causing it to still be unused.

4. I have also been informed that there are up to a thousand empty properties that could be refurbished and could be used straightaway.

This would also stop the need for building in every nook and cranny.

Possible suggestions to alleviate these problems:

1. Build a new town, eco friendly, south of March following the railway lines.

2. The new town would have its own doctors’s surgery, schools and dentist.

3. This town could accommodate the 2,000 affordable homes, plus private housing, that the goverment say they need.

This could be built by local companies, allowing youngsters to be trained in all aspects of building.

Keven Churcher,

via email.

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