YOUR LETTERS: Look at what you’re getting in Holbeach

Crowland county councillor Nigel Pepper, Pauline McFadden, Coun Peter Bird, John Parnell, Tina Croxford, Cybil Speechley, David Searle.  Photo by Michael Fysh.
Crowland county councillor Nigel Pepper, Pauline McFadden, Coun Peter Bird, John Parnell, Tina Croxford, Cybil Speechley, David Searle. Photo by Michael Fysh.

So the town of Holbeach is to see a population growth of around 5,000 people in the coming years (Lincolnshire Free Press, November 15).

As someone who is wholly against using prime agricultural land to facilitate the explosion of development in areas with a truly rural aspect, I too would not favour such large development.

But when you consider the offers made by the developers, the people of Holbeach should think themselves lucky.

Over the last 20 years, my town of Crowland has seen quite a few developments of various sizes and not one developer, or the district council, has offered anything in exchange.

Prior to last Christmas, one of our local district councillors, Angela Harrison, made a valiant effort, supported by residents of Harvester Way, to get improvements to a junction serving Peterborough Road and James Road, which would have enabled people to exit Crowland safely.

The old bypass is routinely used as a racecourse to beat slower-moving traffic using the new A16. Unfortunately, this seems to have died a death.

I suspect the developer, Ashwood Homes, which is building on two plots in this area, was never approached regarding help with this junction improvement.

According to the Campaign to Protect Rural England, there are enough brownfield sites to satisfy the demand for another one million homes in England – a figure supported by the Government– yet there is no appetite to develop them.

So people of Holbeach, some may mourn the fact that your small market town is growing, but just take a look at what you are being offered, which is a damn site more than Crowland.