De­vel­op­ers won’t pay for water pipe

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

Tucked away in a small corner of page 13 (Gazette, March 23) is an item that ought to be the whole of the front page. Can­ter­bury is one of the dri­est places in Bri­tain.

This means that it is one of the least suit­able places in Bri­tain for the enor­mous pop­u­la­tion in­crease we are now suf­fer­ing.

Is any­one ask­ing prop­erty de­vel­op­ers to foot the bill for a Span­ish-style water pipe to bring us water from Wales or Cumbria? Of course not – they will pay noth­ing while we res­i­dents have to fund a pipe­line.

Worse, we may even need de­sali­na­tion plants, pro­duc­ing poor qual­ity water at enor­mous ex­pense.

Allen Tul­lett (let­ters, March 23) is wrong in think­ing that post-war hous­ing de­vel­op­ments did not have to meet “far­ci­cal” air qual­ity reg­u­la­tions in pur­suit of an “utopian model”.

Air qual­ity con­trol was ex­cep­tion­ally strict in the 1950s. Ve­hi­cle emis­sions were not the prob­lem, as a car was still a lux­ury.

The rules ap­plied to the ma­jor pol­lu­tant of the time: smoke from coal-fired home heat­ing. Af­ter the Clean Air Act 1956, splen­did slabs of shiny black coal were re­placed by dull and dreary coke nuggets, pro­duc­ing dull and dreary flames.

There were few com­plaints though, as most peo­ple wanted breath­able air in­stead of pea­souper smog. If we had the same at­ti­tude to­day, diesel ve­hi­cles would be banned. Ten years from now, Mr Mil­len­nial could be rac­ing (in an elec­tric car, I hope) to hospi­tal – if there is one – with a des­per­ately ill asth­matic child fight­ing for every breath.

He will then wish that we could have the air qual­ity which (out­side in­dus­trial cities) was nor­mal in the late 1950s.

Air pol­lu­tion caused around seven mil­lion pre­ma­ture deaths in 2012 says the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion. What if one of these was your child? Rose­mary Sealey Black Grif­fin Lane, Can­ter­bury

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