Countryside being ravaged in name of ‘progress’

How sad to read (Observer, November 28) that people have to campaign to keep a very popular community centre alive in the face of developers’ promises and presumably the council eyeing up the increase in council tax that a development will bring.

Many councils in the UK have allowed development of flood plains in the past and now are reaping the harvest of flood damage claims and anger from people in some cases losing their homes, and at the least making their home or business uninsurable.

Hopefully the council will see sense and realise that the current centre is doing a grand job as it is and turn down the idea of a development on this quite sensitive land area before it literally opens the floodgates and more of our precious countryside is ravaged in the name of ‘progress’, but I doubt it.

Derek Stocker

Duke Street