In a recent Oldham Council meeting, the Liberal Democrats have been voicing their concerns over the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
Former Leader of the Council, Councillor Howard Sykes, complained about more than 3,000 homes that are to be built on green belt land in Shaw and Crompton alone. He went on to complain about overcrowded primary schools, “dilapidated” health centres and lack of swimming or dry leisure.
Shaw parish councillor Paul Turner raised concerns over the lack of school places for incoming residents.
These comments are coming from representatives of a party which is actively looking to overturn the Referendum result. Whose leader has said he wants to block Brexit. A party that wants to keep Freedom of Movement, ignoring the 350,000+ net immigration to the United Kingdom.
The question is, where did they expect all these people to live? Did they not expect them to work? Did they not expect them to send their children to school? Did they not expect them to seek medical assistance?
You cannot have a population one-and-a-half times that of Oldham coming to the United Kingdom, a country with 268 people per square kilometre and not consider the infrastructure implications. England alone has 413 people per square kilometre and Oldham has a whopping 1,597 people per square kilometre.
In comparison, France has 188 people per square kilometre and Poland has 118 people per square kilometre. Is it any wonder people are feeling the squeeze? That the schools are feeling the squeeze? That the hospitals are feeling the squeeze?
The Conservatives are making cuts nationally; the Labour party are making more cuts locally in order to meet YOUR ever growing debt repayments; and now the Liberal Democrats are raising concerns about infrastructure whilst fighting to keep immigration at record levels.
UKIP have been raising concerns about net immigration numbers and the lack of infrastructure for years, only to be met with indignation and dismissive responses. Finally, it seems others are waking up to the issues. Unfortunately, they do not seem to have the first clue what to do about it.
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