Sir.–I was shocked to see that MP Maria Miller told The Gazette that there should be fewer homes built in Basingstoke (right).
The real question is, does Maria Miller believe this is what is best for Basingstoke, or does she know it is a vote-winner among those whose homes were built on our green and pleasant land in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s?
Basingstoke is a growing town, indeed it has been growing since the 1960s.
Many people moved to Basingstoke in the 1960s, had children, and they moved into the new homes built in the 1980s and 1990s – but it seems that some of them do not wish to bestow that good fortune on to the next generation.
Nationally, we have a housing crisis. What this means to us is abstract until you realise that the housing crisis plagues Basingstoke as well – sky-high rental prices, long social housing waiting lists, no affordable houses and a lack of housing for many younger members of our society.
Maria has shown a lack of judgement and just plays into the vested interests of the “Not in my backyard” brigade, whilst helping to cast a generation into sky-high rents, sub-standard housing, or no housing at all.
I hope Maria Miller and Conservative colleagues who share her views in the council have a change of heart for the sake all those trapped in rental housing or living at home well into their 20s and 30s.
–Joseph Henry, New Road, Basingstoke.