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London may be a big building site but look at the growth of rough sleeping

23 November, 2017

• YOUR Comment (Developers must not ride roughshod over the people, November 16) was absolutely right.

As one who suffers Camden’s approved development applications, I am involved. Ten metres away from my rear wall Fairview’s companies thump and screech and vibrate from 8am, five-and-a-half days a week. Already I am sick, and plaster has fallen off the wall in my fragile old house.

Three years of this to get through, and then my light and privacy will be cut until either I am forced to move away, or simply die from lack of clean air or fractured nerves.

HS2 will tunnel in the same exact area, and last night I went to a meeting to help voice opposition to the Camden Goods Yard, while heavy gigantic HGVs go down Oval Road rattling my house and brain.

When I go to the Camden Lock or take a bus towards Kentish Town that gigantic “city” of Hawley Wharf grows by the day, like some ugly New York Bronx housing complex drawn up for a bygone depression era, and looking like a set for a horror movie.

I walk on the Camden streets, holding my nose for lack of clean air, while tripping over a sapling blocking the pavement!

Liverpool and Manchester, as well as London, have rows of empty houses.

HS2 will suck more people into London, unless the government changes the law about buying housing purely as investment and unless the government invests in the future with 21st-century industries up north.

Have you noticed how, even though London has become one big construction site, knocking out a plethora of truly hideous flats, the poor rough sleepers on the streets increase proportionally? This is precisely the opposite of what one would expect with more housing being built!

The Conservative party’s austerity has not worked. And councillors being employed simultaneously by developers is surely not a good sign for our democracy.

PRIMAVERA BOMAN, NW1

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