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New Houses in East Lothian

September 9, 2021 12:25 PM
By Stuart Crawford in East Lothian Courier

Sir,

Like many of your East Lothian readers, I reckon, my existing suspicions
were confirmed by your report that the number of new homes being registered
in the Garden County is considerably higher than the UK constituency
average (Courier, 2.9.21), currently by about two and a half times.

It is quite clear that the provision of infrastructure and services has
not matched this exponential rise in housebuilding in the county, as
implied by Messrs MacAskill and McLennan in your report. I think this
aspect needs much greater emphasis. It is already proving problematic in terms
of new residents seeking to register with GP surgeries, for example, and
the increased traffic on county roads is quite noticeable, to say
nothing of the ever lengthening traffic queues on the streets of Haddington.

Our main through route, the A1, is already busier than ever, and who
knows what it will be like when the new town at Blindwells comes on
stream. You only have to look at the inability of the Edinburgh City
Bypass to cope with traffic at peak times to see what the future might
hold for us in East Lothian.

I'm sure we all hope that the county will continue to be an attractive
place to live, but without proper planning and resourcing in support of
the myriad new housing developments this may prove to be a forlorn hope.
The Council planning committee and officials need to take heed and up
their respective games here.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Crawford