CHICHESTER does need some additional housing, but not the sort of numbers that are being mentioned.
The area needs starter homes, affordable homes or social homes – enough to cater for local teenagers turning into adults and looking for their first homes.
Building large numbers of houses is not the real problem – that comes later.
2,000 houses equals 8,000 to 10,000 people. 3,000 cars.
Schools? GP doctors? Dentists? Health care? Hospitals? And, of course, jobs?
Chichester is not set up to cope with these sort of numbers.
Appointments to all the health care providers are not quick by any means now.
On my regular trips to St Richard’s I walk along corridors lined with clinics of all sorts, all with packed-out waiting areas.
All areas of the city are close to gridlock, especially during the school-run times.
To add a few thousand more cars to the current levels and gridlock is a certainty.
I was not aware the current government was demanding this area provides more and more houses.
I knew the previous kings of Westminster were more than keen, but a lot of that was down to the-then deputy prime minister’s hatred of the south and southerners and his desire to concrete it over.
Perhaps the present occupier of Number 10 should stick to his promise to reduce immigration which is, of course, the driving force behind the housing shortage.
Walnut Avenue, Chichester