These building plans affect all the surrounding villages
I chose to bring my children up in rural setting and we spent happy years on a farm in Marden. Although we now live outside the village closer to Staplehurst, these building plans affect all the surrounding villages. We have a heritage to consider and a way of life. We, who live here have a right to choose (like anyone else) how and where we live. If we wanted urbanisation, we’d live in a city.A lot of us ride and the bridle paths are few and far between. Roads are getting busy to the point of being too dangerous to ride on. This is purely down to the new buildings that bring more people who in turn, add to the traffic burden.We have a right to our own choices and the government is ignoring that.The villages cannot take anymore people waiting at the crossroads (Staplehurst as an example) where traffic light queues are already congested at peak times and will become even more so when the new housing Estate (Staplehurst) is fully opened and occupied. As to the shop at Marden, it will (and is now) going to be impossible to pull-in and pick up groceries. (Again, I site Staplehurst as an example because the small car park at the parade of shops is nigh-on impossible at times and this is before the completion of the housing estate.) The traffic in Marden is going to bottle-neck with all these extra cars and people. - Unless one walks and so those passing through, simply won’t be able to use the shop. (The car-park being full due to commuters).There are empty buildings in London that could be utilised. And plenty of sites that could be acquired that don’t need to be on our beautiful green spaces. (According to anyone over about 70, all the orchards are built on, or gone). Change and progression are wonderful and we all need to embrace them, but not at the expense of other people’s way of life and the natural habitat around us. We all matter and we all need to live somewhere. There needs to be a balance and the alternatives have not been fully explored or this wouldn’t be happening.
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