Local homes for local people
Max and snacks
THOUGHT you might appreciate this photo, taken at the Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show last month, of Max the collie living up to the breed standard of needing to have a job to do (‘Crazy about collies’, August 10)—in this case, guarding the picnic basket in the back of the Range Rover.
However, I suspect he’s also fully aware of the last few sausage rolls in there, so it’s not an entirely philanthropic gesture. Rob Sanderson, by email
IIDO so agree with the Athena column about the need for more rural council houses (August 17). We live just outside the historic medieval village of Lavenham in Suffolk, which is crying out for more affordable houses for those born and bred there. The local council has already approved two new developments and more are planned, but, sadly, these only ever seem to include limited affordable housing and no council houses.
Affordable housing is not what’s required, as it’s often beyond the reach of local residents, who would give their eye or teeth for a nice council house with a garden. There are a few on the outskirts of Lavenham with long gardens and I’m sure many do not even realise they’re council properties.
Fiona Carville, Suffolk