Why Should People Starve So That We Can Have A Country Park?

PUBLISHED: 18:34 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:32 04 May 2010

I REFER to your edition of August 21 and the article on the commissioning of consultants to produce a survey for a country park.

The plan is being spear-headed by Cllr Mike Rouse, whom I know and respect.

I REFER to your edition of August 21 and the article on the commissioning of consultants to produce a survey for a country park.

The plan is being spear-headed by Cllr Mike Rouse, whom I know and respect.

According to what I read, it will stretch from Cambridge to the Wash and will include an increase in the size of Wicken Fen and a country park for Ely.

I understand that both political parties represented on ECDC are in favour of this as it is felt that there is not enough green space in their area.

There is no doubt that assuming this dream eventually becomes a reality and that there are sufficient funds available, both now and in the future, to maintain such a vast area, these places do not look after themselves. The scheme would do much to improve the quality of life both of the residents of this region and the visitors who would undoubtedly be attracted to it. The cost would be very high to achieve this but in reality it would be far higher than is morally acceptable.

The reason for this is that the scheme would involve taking many hundreds, maybe thousands of acres of agricultural land out of production with the result that more food would have to be imported to compensate.

We already know that globally, we are unable to feed ourselves sufficiently and for commercial advantage, poor countries export to rich countries like ours, food that should be being used to feed their own populations.

I am sure that someone reading this knows just how many people in these poor countries will starve to death for every acre of agricultural land we take out of use in this country. I would be interested to learn what this figure is.

I have no problem with people and communities having anything, if they can afford it. However, there are some costs that are just too high.

So come on Mike, think again.

TONY PEARSON Ely Road

Prickwillow.

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