Don't ignore her cry for help

PUBLISHED: 12:40 12 October 2007 | UPDATED: 23:06 28 May 2010

I SHARE the concerns of Julie Spence, Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, over the influx of immigrants, the population figures and the lack of infrastructure. We now share our country with people from all over the world, people who are not used to living

I SHARE the concerns of Julie Spence, Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, over the influx of immigrants, the population figures and the lack of infrastructure.

We now share our country with people from all over the world, people who are not used to living in a democracy, and their vast numbers are stretching the infrastructure to the limit; including the police, doctors, hospitals and nurses.

The economic benefits of growth to the economy are wiped out by the costs of health care, housing benefits and the policing of these people.

Population figures based on 2005 and the projected figures up to 2016 make interesting reading for Cambridgeshire. As our authorities work on averages I will use their method. Cambridgeshire in 2005 had a population of 570,200, with 243,900 dwellings to live in. Each dwelling on average house 2.3 people.

Cambridgeshire stands on an area of 304,471 hectares, so on average each of the 243,900 dwellings accompany 1.24 hectares. Now when you look at the projected population for 2016 there will be another 94,200 people, making a total of 664,400, who will need on average 288,870 dwellings; that is another 44,969 dwellings. Now while the population and the dwellings go up, the area remains the same, which means all of those dwellings will only accompany an average 1.05 hectares.

When you take into account how much of each of those 1.05 hectares are taken up by roads, industrial sites, schools, farm land and parks there is very little left.

Now those in the halls of power will not stop building homes, industrial sites, schools, and roads, so who will suffer? It will be the farmers, they will have less land to produce the crops to feed the growing population, less land will mean less labour is required to gather fewer crops.

With no work and very little money for expensive food, what will happen? People who have no intention of wanting to live in a democratic society will start looting. That will induce violence.

Chief Inspector Spence's cry for help must not be ignored by those in the halls of power. They must forget theory and look at reality.

REG WENN, Acre Fen, Chatteris

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