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Letter: Mass Immigration and Foreign Investors Are The Biggest Causes of The Housing Crisis

Published on: 16 Apr, 2016
Updated on: 16 Apr, 2016

Guildford Housing House NumberFrom C Dalby

In response to Be Paton’s letter: Homeowners Have Every Right to Defend Their Localities.

I agree with many of the points put forward by Mr Paton. In fact, it is an excellent  piece of writing.

Local people must and should have priority for local housing and I agree that mass immigration and foreign investment are the two biggest factors contributing to the the current problems we face: something must be done about it.

Quite simply, Britain does not have the infrastructure to cope with the numbers that are coming here which is causing the current housing crisis in places like Guildford, and all over the country. As far as I can see, the only way to reduce numbers is to leave the EU and bring in a restriction of numbers so that only a manageable number of people are allowed here each year.

To me it is basic common sense, if there are not enough homes for people to live in and if the infrastructure cannot cope then how can it work? Multiple occupancy housing is not an acceptable option for future generations who deserve better.

Britain does not and should not exist as a place for an uncontrolled number of economic immigrants to come from economically weak countries and we should not have open door policies with them in the first place but only with countries with similar wages and quality of life.

Of course, I sympathise with the migrants and the majority are decent, hard working people but the negative knock on effect the sheer numbers of people are having all over the country on local people is simply unfair and unacceptable.

Why don’t we help invest more into economically weak countries? I am aware that countries like Poland get four times back what they pay into the EU but it simply is not enough to persuade its people to stay, so more needs to be done.

Controlling numbers is the only way to improve the housing crisis which is why I hope we vote leave on June 23rd. If Turkey joins the EU it will get even worse, of course, and this cannot be allowed to happen.

What I wrote about people blocking developments was not meant as a slur on homeowners, of course everybody has a right to their view and opinion but the fact is that we have no choice but to build and some of the reasons people are opposing these developments are very unfair in my opinion, mainly down to things such as traffic.

As I said previously, if traffic is a reason to avoid developments then there will never be another home built anywhere in the country.

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Responses to Letter: Mass Immigration and Foreign Investors Are The Biggest Causes of The Housing Crisis

  1. Lisa Wright Reply

    April 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Of course, the second option would be for us Brits to move abroad where traffic is calmer, air quality higher, green spaces bigger (and protected) and there is not so much emphasis on making money.

    Flights into London from European airports are almost the same cost as a rail and parking ticket at Guildford.

    • John Perkins Reply

      April 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      It’s a lovely idea from Lisa Wright, but most Brits who go to live abroad keep ownership of their house here. It only works if they sell it or rent it out. Plus, it’s not an option open to most people.

    • Jim Allen Reply

      April 18, 2016 at 7:59 am

      In the mid 80s a barrister in a planning appeal for one of five new towns said to me: “You paint a terrible picture of Sandhurst (Berkshire). Why do you live there?”

      My response was: “Because it has been my family home for five generations.” Why should people be expected to move away to make way for incomers destroying our ‘home land’?

      We know what happened with the Native Americans in the good old USA. They now accept that the “First Nations” were treated badly and recognise a few of their rights.

      Well like many in the South East I am a member of the “First Nations” of England and demand the right of self determination.

  2. Stuart Barnes Reply

    April 17, 2016 at 8:55 am

    We cannot control anything in our own country until we get out of the corrupt EU.

    Roll on 23/6 and our freedom on 24/6. Perhaps our new PM, Gove or Boris, who presumably will take over from the discredited David Cameron, will award us a new annual public holiday on the 23rd of June to be called Freedom Day?

    • John Perkins Reply

      April 18, 2016 at 10:08 am

      When I worked in Warsaw, my friends there told me that Poland was much better off in the EU because, since it had joined, they no longer had any corrupt politicians. We didn’t discuss where it was they’d all gone.

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