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Listening to Local Residents

April 19, 2019 2:18 PM
By Stuart Crawford

The number one topic that comes up when I'm talking to people is the impact of the new housing developments, particularly in Haddington. There's a fear that the rapid increase in population that comes with it will overwhelm local services.

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I think that's a real fear. Having enough school places is of top importance and requires new building. Also there's a real risk of not having enough suitably resourced Surgery and GP provision.

But it's also important to consider how we can ensure that new development brings maximum economic benefit to the Ward as a whole. There's a danger that folk will take their custom down the A1 rather than to our existing shopkeepers and traders. This is something I'm keen to work on - we need to manage this growth carefully.