Developers won’t pay for water pipe
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