Lo­cal homes for lo­cal peo­ple

Max and snacks

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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