Sim­ple things lost amid the dreams and schemes

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Two men, one man and his dog went to mow a meadow. But, lo and be­hold, the meadow had been set aside to al­low its trans­for­ma­tion into a build­ing site – or should I say hous­ing es­tate? So the two men, one man and his dog set off to find another meadow to mow. They got lucky with this one. Some­one had wanted to erect an ar­ray of use­ful so­lar pan­els on it but some other peo­ple didn’t fancy the way it would look. Peo­ple who don’t want things to be built some­where, as it were in their back yard, are called ‘Nim­bys’. In or­der that the ones who didn’t want the so­lar pan­els built could get their own way while avoid­ing the ‘N-word’, they de­clared that said so­lar pan­els would dis­rupt the lives of Mrs Tig­gy­win­kle, Squir­rel Nutkin and their friends. This, of course, (to keep with the an­i­mal theme) is pure hog­wash. Tig­gy­win­kle, Nutkin, Peter Rab­bit, Mr Mole, along with field mice, stoats, weasels, foxes and al­most ev­ery other kind of walk­ing, dig­ging, creep­ing and slith­er­ing thing will adapt to changes in their habi­tat – in most cases bet­ter than we hu­mans can. Many will even adapt per­fectly well to the Chilm­ing­ton Green hous­ing es­tate. There, foxes will raid the bins, hedge­hogs will gob­ble up slugs and pi­geons will chomp their way through emerg­ing seedlings,

‘Growth is the buz­zword which, nowa­days, is the name of the high­est card in the pack’

while cats will proudly bring home dis­mem­bered birds, mice, voles and baby rab­bits to present as gifts to their hu­man house­mates. The thing is, the Chilm­ing­ton Green can­cer rep­re­sents GROWTH and growth is the buz­zword which, nowa­days, is the name of the high­est card in the pack. Never mind that growth is not in­fin­itely sus­tain­able. Never mind that the prom­ise of hun­dreds of ex­tra jobs makes no men­tion of what kinds of jobs will be on of­fer for an in­creas­ingly over-qual­i­fied and deeply in­debted pool of univer­sity ed­u­cated young­sters, and never mind that who-knows-how-many fam­i­lies mov­ing into the area will re­quire the pro­vi­sion of more ser­vices that are be­yond the power of the lo­cal au­thor­ity to pro­vide; hos­pi­tal and po­lice be­ing but two. It be­comes in­creas­ingly clear that, with all the dreams and schemes aimed at build­ing Bub­ble-Ash­ford, sim­ple things that af­fect the lives of or­di­nary towns­folk such as a de­cent, cov­ered mar­ket which could have re­mained open through the re­cent gales, get pushed fur­ther down the coun­cil’s to-do list.

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