Developers Hit Back
A bloggee obviously incensed by comments re appropriate development in these columns has e-mailed as followsI was recently reading your blog, and I thought..this guy and his cronies wants Berwickshire preserved as an idyllic, financially unsustainable, child free, social deprived, geriatric enclave! .The children and young adults in the area can't wait to escape to a real life amongst a living population elsewhere. No doubt they'll return when their own children reach the "tempting years" to keep them out of harms way amidst the bright city lights; inadvertently driving them, through boredom, to underage illegalities and geriatric tauntings and, in due course, away to the city. Meanwhile their parents will stagnate to maintain the pool of social services and health trust dependent clients and vision less nimbys*. Free care in your twilight years is a great plus for Scotland but it does seem to attract an ageing population from outwith our borders, who, once there,seem determined to pull up the drawbridge and promote universal vasectomy for all those who can't, in order to preserve their idyllic peaceful haven. Unfortunately someone somewhere down the line has to pay for it all. Unfortunately to do this there has to be a vibrant living community! Unfortunately there has to be, heaven forbid, people who work! Unfortunately there has to roads and vehicles! Unfortunately there have to be taxes. Fortunately with a few more houses and a bit more economic activity Berwickshire might just manage to be a bit less of a parasite to the Scottish Borders economy. The planners know this, many of the regional councillors know this, as do many of the working population who rely on a vibrant, active countryside for their livelihood. It's time we all got together and worked towards a sensible balance. If you don't want the villages crammed full of houses in every nook and cranny, and you don't want the outlying settlements and farmsteads to be socially sustainable what do you want?
I am sure some others will wish to rush to agree. Hint on authorship of above-I believe he lives not a million miles from the Fishwick Traffic Hell blackspot. One at least of the regional councillors he mentions shares a common interest in farming and development-how one can help the other. And he himself has done much to ensure his outlying farmstead is socially sustainable by starting on a major concreting over of many of his broad acres. I doubt if even Don Quixote tilted at so many windmills simultaneously
* The Laird's favourite word-once famously preceded with 'poisonous little'
Labels: Borders, Ravings in the Countryside