No room here for so many houses

Earswick protesters John Pace, Jim McTurk, Tony Fisher and Pete Sokolow outside the village hall

Earswick protesters John Pace, Jim McTurk, Tony Fisher and Pete Sokolow outside the village hall

First published in Letters by

I AM delighted that Mr Bryan (Letters, July 21) enjoyed laughing at the “Stop Urban Sprawl” message in Earswick.

The good news is that he will have plenty of time to relive his jollity in the long tailbacks on Strensall Road that will surely ensue if the council get their way and build 3,500 houses on land to the east of Earswick.

Yes, 3,500. That is ten times the size of Earswick now (including the homes built in the past 20 years).

Other ring road users will be “delighted” that the proposal includes yet another roundabout just east of the fire station. This will further slow the flow of traffic.

What has been built can not be unbuilt. Building on even more of the green fields that provide the lungs around York will not improve the quality of life for the residents and visitors to our city.

Steve Merritt, Strensall Road, Earswick, York.

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12:20pm Wed 23 Jul 14

The Great Buda says...

Once again the old men come out to prevent the young having a good life.
Once again the old men come out to prevent the young having a good life. The Great Buda
  • Score: -7

2:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

wallman says...

buda there's plenty of brownfield sites to build on
buda there's plenty of brownfield sites to build on wallman
  • Score: -9

2:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

And what happens when you want even more houses? Buda, the young can have your house when you are brown bread. We need Birth control and immigration control, also control over urban sprawl. Brown field sites are all that should be considered in reality. When the Green belt is gone you won't get it back.
And what happens when you want even more houses? Buda, the young can have your house when you are brown bread. We need Birth control and immigration control, also control over urban sprawl. Brown field sites are all that should be considered in reality. When the Green belt is gone you won't get it back. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -6

7:16pm Wed 23 Jul 14

bolero says...

Like when they built Earswick Chase on green belt? `Say NO to Urban sprawl`, what an unsightly mess in what was a nice village. Posters plastered all over the place. Not much pride here then.
Like when they built Earswick Chase on green belt? `Say NO to Urban sprawl`, what an unsightly mess in what was a nice village. Posters plastered all over the place. Not much pride here then. bolero
  • Score: 10

12:07am Thu 24 Jul 14

thedrof says...

Were in midst of a housing crisis, stop being selfish and give the young and future generations a shot at home ownership/affordable housing.

If you want Birth control go live in China.

If you worried about urban sprawl, dont live in the urban conurbation of a city. Cities grow and expand.
Were in midst of a housing crisis, stop being selfish and give the young and future generations a shot at home ownership/affordable housing. If you want Birth control go live in China. If you worried about urban sprawl, dont live in the urban conurbation of a city. Cities grow and expand. thedrof
  • Score: 13

3:02am Thu 24 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Ahhh the IRONY...

How many of these people protesting in Earswick with the 'stop urban sprawl' campaign live in a house built after 1960?? Originally Earswick was just one minor side road with 20 or so houses on it... in the 60's some houses were added on the Strensall Road, in the 1970's several houses were built on the land between the older part of the village and the A1237, in the 1980's some houses were built off what had been a farm track, and in the late 1990's a huge (by comparison) estate with its own roundabout was built in the village....

... so if any of these Earswick protesters not wanting more houses being built live in any of those houses other than the original 20, then quite simply they do not have any merit - because it is that which they are deeming 'urban sprawl' which provided the house they are in fact now living in!!
Ahhh the IRONY... How many of these people protesting in Earswick with the 'stop urban sprawl' campaign live in a house built after 1960?? Originally Earswick was just one minor side road with 20 or so houses on it... in the 60's some houses were added on the Strensall Road, in the 1970's several houses were built on the land between the older part of the village and the A1237, in the 1980's some houses were built off what had been a farm track, and in the late 1990's a huge (by comparison) estate with its own roundabout was built in the village.... ... so if any of these Earswick protesters not wanting more houses being built live in any of those houses other than the original 20, then quite simply they do not have any merit - because it is that which they are deeming 'urban sprawl' which provided the house they are in fact now living in!! Magicman!
  • Score: 18

9:05am Thu 24 Jul 14

York2000 says...

Urban sprawl? God. The group of people from York who think this have no idea how lucky they are. Urban sprawl, York? Christ.
Urban sprawl? God. The group of people from York who think this have no idea how lucky they are. Urban sprawl, York? Christ. York2000
  • Score: 8

11:10am Thu 24 Jul 14

The Great Buda says...

Magicman! wrote:
Ahhh the IRONY...

How many of these people protesting in Earswick with the 'stop urban sprawl' campaign live in a house built after 1960?? Originally Earswick was just one minor side road with 20 or so houses on it... in the 60's some houses were added on the Strensall Road, in the 1970's several houses were built on the land between the older part of the village and the A1237, in the 1980's some houses were built off what had been a farm track, and in the late 1990's a huge (by comparison) estate with its own roundabout was built in the village....

... so if any of these Earswick protesters not wanting more houses being built live in any of those houses other than the original 20, then quite simply they do not have any merit - because it is that which they are deeming 'urban sprawl' which provided the house they are in fact now living in!!
These people are the very example of the "I'm alright Jack" attitude that is destroying our country.

They have their cake, but no one else is allowed any.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Ahhh the IRONY... How many of these people protesting in Earswick with the 'stop urban sprawl' campaign live in a house built after 1960?? Originally Earswick was just one minor side road with 20 or so houses on it... in the 60's some houses were added on the Strensall Road, in the 1970's several houses were built on the land between the older part of the village and the A1237, in the 1980's some houses were built off what had been a farm track, and in the late 1990's a huge (by comparison) estate with its own roundabout was built in the village.... ... so if any of these Earswick protesters not wanting more houses being built live in any of those houses other than the original 20, then quite simply they do not have any merit - because it is that which they are deeming 'urban sprawl' which provided the house they are in fact now living in!![/p][/quote]These people are the very example of the "I'm alright Jack" attitude that is destroying our country. They have their cake, but no one else is allowed any. The Great Buda
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bolero says...

I see these posters akin to litter dropping, fly tipping, and graffiti. A blot on the green belt.
I see these posters akin to litter dropping, fly tipping, and graffiti. A blot on the green belt. bolero
  • Score: -1

11:53pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

The Great Buda wrote:
Magicman! wrote:
Ahhh the IRONY...

How many of these people protesting in Earswick with the 'stop urban sprawl' campaign live in a house built after 1960?? Originally Earswick was just one minor side road with 20 or so houses on it... in the 60's some houses were added on the Strensall Road, in the 1970's several houses were built on the land between the older part of the village and the A1237, in the 1980's some houses were built off what had been a farm track, and in the late 1990's a huge (by comparison) estate with its own roundabout was built in the village....

... so if any of these Earswick protesters not wanting more houses being built live in any of those houses other than the original 20, then quite simply they do not have any merit - because it is that which they are deeming 'urban sprawl' which provided the house they are in fact now living in!!
These people are the very example of the "I'm alright Jack" attitude that is destroying our country.

They have their cake, but no one else is allowed any.
Exactly... and it is such attitudes that mean the next generation will either not have anywhere to live or end up in some 'next generation' tower block because developers could only get plots of land 30sq meters and so build up instead of out.

... oh, but I suppose the next generation of those protesting in Earswick might not have such issues, as their mummies and daddies will help out on the cost of a plush new house...
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Ahhh the IRONY... How many of these people protesting in Earswick with the 'stop urban sprawl' campaign live in a house built after 1960?? Originally Earswick was just one minor side road with 20 or so houses on it... in the 60's some houses were added on the Strensall Road, in the 1970's several houses were built on the land between the older part of the village and the A1237, in the 1980's some houses were built off what had been a farm track, and in the late 1990's a huge (by comparison) estate with its own roundabout was built in the village.... ... so if any of these Earswick protesters not wanting more houses being built live in any of those houses other than the original 20, then quite simply they do not have any merit - because it is that which they are deeming 'urban sprawl' which provided the house they are in fact now living in!![/p][/quote]These people are the very example of the "I'm alright Jack" attitude that is destroying our country. They have their cake, but no one else is allowed any.[/p][/quote]Exactly... and it is such attitudes that mean the next generation will either not have anywhere to live or end up in some 'next generation' tower block because developers could only get plots of land 30sq meters and so build up instead of out. ... oh, but I suppose the next generation of those protesting in Earswick might not have such issues, as their mummies and daddies will help out on the cost of a plush new house... Magicman!
  • Score: 0

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