Friday, September 10, 2010

NIMBYS and boomers strangling productive economy

10 September 2010 Last updated at 14:40 Share this pageFacebookTwitter ShareEmail Print Protest at sand and gravel mining proposal in Wiltshire

Thought I would rewrite this foor the beeb. Residents of a Wiltshire village where 300 acres of farmland have been earmarked for sand and gravel extraction are protesting at the plans because it might create jobs for the youngsters and devalue there houses.

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  • Protest at sand and gravel mining proposal in Wiltshire

    The public consultation has been extended until 31 October Residents of a Wiltshire village where 300 acres of farmland have been earmarked for sand and gravel extraction are protesting at the plans.

    Bromham, near Devizes, is one of some 60 sites in Wiltshire that are being looked at as part of a public consultation for mineral extraction.

    Campaigner Linda Dymott said it would be “terrible” if the farmland was destroyed and devalued our nearby house.

    Wiltshire Council said there was a long way to go before any sites were chosen.

    You have to ask if the people sitting in County Hall making these decisions have houses in this area ?”
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    Stephen Simmonds

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    Ms Dymott, who lives close to the Bromham site, added: “The public consultation has been extended which we welcome, because it will give everyone time to understand what we have here and what we potentially stand to lose some of our unearned wealth.

    “We are aware this is only a proposal but this will affect so many peoples house prices.”

    Another resident, Stephen Simmonds, said he was concerned that a quarry would ruin the look of the village and give the unemployed jobs that might pay more than his.

    “It’s a very beautiful area and you have to ask if the people sitting in County Hall making these decisions have walked some of the footpaths and looked at the area they are proposing to destroy. These are important as they support the local house prices”

    Wiltshire Council spokesman Councillor John Brady said the county already had a number of sites which were used for sand and gravel extraction.

    ‘Environmental impact’

    He said the council was mandated by the government to have a reserve supply of sand and gravel.

    “The existing sites will not deliver sufficient that we require in the time period up to 2026 so we are looking at alternative sites

    “The aim of the consultation is to identify the right sites and locations that can deliver without environmental impact.

    “I would share the residents’ surprise if it [Bromham] eventually emerged as a preferred site but it has been chosen because geologically there’s a lot of sand there.”

    The public consultation continues until 31 October with full details available on Wiltshire Council’s website.

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    They will all be sorry when it snows and they can’t get there BMW’s out of there driveways.

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  • This is the story up and down the country.

    The boomers are strangling the economy bit by bit to try to protect their investments. It is the job and duty of government to call time on this. Trouble is, many in the government are boomers too, returning home every day to their properties in places like Wiltshire.

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  • Call me right wing if you will, but I am an economist, not a politician. Let’s look at this statement:

    “Campaigner Linda Dymott said it would be “terrible” if the farmland was destroyed”

    I assume that whoever ‘owns’ that land has calculated that they can make more money by extracting chemically inert rocks and soil rather than growing potatoes. Therefore extracting ricks is ahead on points.

    If and when the rocks are all extracted, they can fill up the hole again and start growing potatoes. The land is not destroyed, it is still there, just like places in Cornwall where they used to mine tin are still there and are now used for farming again. Nothing has been lost or destroyed, Value has been added – and Heaven forfend, jobs for the young ‘uns have been created.

    As an economist – and not a politician – may I suggest that we just kill all these NIMBYs and start again from scratch?

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  • That part of Wiltshire? Nobody lives there, nobody goes there as it’s not exactly holiday material.

    Still fans of Pickles everyone? His new Nimby’s Charter will ensure that bugger all happens, just about everywhere.

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