It needs breathing space

PUBLISHED: 13:29 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 03 May 2010

JOHN Hill used an entire page in the Ely Standard t argue the prverbial cmplete circle. He highlights the lack f facilities, cngested rads and cmmuting csts which are evident nw. The current city rads cannt change, s if the ppulatin increas

JOHN Hill used an entire page in the Ely Standard t argue the prverbial cmplete circle. He highlights the lack f facilities, cngested rads and cmmuting csts which are evident nw.

The current city rads cannt change, s if the ppulatin increases by anther 7500 in the next 10 years, access t the centre will be virtually impssible except by ft r cycle. Where will the new husing g?

Highflyer Farm and the land behind Orchard Estate are the nly areas; bth f which are at least a mile frm the city centre. If these new residents need t access Angel Drve and Tesc then they face a tw r three-mile jurney via the bypass r a weave thrugh Ely until they meet a bttleneck in Brad Street.

Mr Hill must als face the fact that Mereham will happen and the suthern bypass is a pipe dream. If he needs any further cnvincing n the advisability f expansin then the ne per cent increase in budget by a grateful central Gvernment shuld be the clincher.

The nly pssible slutin is t clse Ely t further large scale develpment. Mr Hill des nt mentin that East Cambs has ne f the lwest infrastructure charges per bedrm in the area.

Dubling r better still, trebling that charge will effectively cut ff further expansin and give the city breathing space t catch up n the facilities it needs.

FRANK RICHARDS

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