Village homes long over due

PUBLISHED: 14:59 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:32 15 June 2010

On reading last week's edition of the Midweek Herald, I was shocked and dismayed to read the comments in response to the possible allocation of land at Kilmington for some long overdue affordable homes.

On reading last week's edition of the Midweek Herald, I was shocked and dismayed to read the comments in response to the possible allocation of land at Kilmington for some long overdue affordable homes.How can people extol the virtues of this haven of village life, as they view it, while excluding the very prospect of local folk being able to rent or buy the most basic of all social necessities - a decent roof over their heads.It's just incredible that that all too often, the lack of affordable homes means that local young couples are forced to live elsewhere, effectively dispossessed by those who can afford to buy at the absurdly high prices which still pertain, despite the so-called 'credit crunch'.Without a balanced community - in terms of age, income spread, wealth, skills and interests, Kilmington will cease to be the idyllic, characterful and socially balanced village for self-evident reasons.It would neither thrive nor flourish in any real sense, but wither and die just as so many other villages have done up and down the country.Living and dynamic organisms require nourishment and replenishment to remain sustainable, not snuffed out by the few for the few in such a short-sighted way. John Gibson Sea Hill Seaton


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