Letter: Council greenbelt contempt

Our council’s casual contempt for our greenbelt in South Tyneside is evident not just in the projects it champions, but with it’s very words (‘Authority on the Defensive’, Gazette, August 3).  Coincidentally, the demonstration of the council’s laissez-faire attitude to concreting green spaces came on the day that a Mori poll, conducted on behalf of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, suggested that 84% of people oppose building on undeveloped land.

The greenbelt protects us from the urban sprawl that is symptomatic of the car-centered unsustainable development of the last thirty years.  If projects like the East Boldon dual carriageway and the Fellgate ‘regional employment site’ (as it was euphemistically put) get the go-ahead, then South Tyneside would become no more than a suburb of Sunderland.

This council is so eager to put economic speculation before people and the environment that those who claim to represent us have lost sight of what we need as a society.  The council should listen to people and drop any further consideration to concrete our dwindling green spaces.

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