Reading recent correspondence seems to indicate that the focus of most complainants is related to unrestricted immigration from the extended EU.
Most of us now appreciate that this has altered the social cohesion of our town. I may have lived here long enough to appreciate how and why.
I level my critisms at all politicians, including local man John Hayes, for not having the courage of their convictions in opposing EU policies that created this situation and their continued false statements about a referendum on continued membership to the EU.
Politicians of all parties have signed us up to a European constitution which does not allow alteration or opt out.
Regarding immigration, there are a great many rich hypocrites in Spalding. Property speculators and landlords have all done very nicely. So too the factory owners, haulage firms and agencies exploiting a cheap source of willing migrant labour.
These are the people offering, in many cases, only agency, temporary contracts and part time work instead of “proper jobs” to our families.
Poor job prospects, low wages and high local taxes have also contributed to our decline and for that we must blame parish, district and county councillors.
They have been content only to represent the council views to the public, not the public views to the council.
I’d like local people to be a little more fair when it comes to judging the behaviour of others.
For instance drinking: recently at the Olympic park, I took my alcohol refreshment, sat by the waterway and peacefully drank. Personal behaviour is often learnt behaviour; more should and can be done by parents and teachers and that is what should be encouraged.
The law. We already have so many laws governing disturbing the peace. So what is the point of blaming off-licence outlets and calling for more laws?
Instead let us call for more effective and better policing.
Also, affordable housing in Spalding is unrealistic without local rents being capped to local wages.
House prices locally are dropping in accordance with local wages, so why don’t rents.
Why should we all subsidise the profits of local companies by having the government tax and borrow to pay housing benefit. taxes