The Problem With ‘White Flight’…

…is that sooner or later, you find your back against the cliff. Sometimes literally:

The council wants to build 1,200 homes across the borough and is promising a mix of council homes and first time buyer schemes, but residents say it could damage the character of the town.

It’s already evident in Southend itself that the character of the town has changed, and not for the better, thanks to its proximity to the Big Smoke

Ron Harrell, 85, of Hadleigh Park Avenue, also fears that local residents will not be given priority when applying for the new homes.

He said: “One of the biggest problems in this country is immigration. It’s a real worry for people and they are leaving London in their droves to get away from it.

“It’s not young people coming here. There is no such thing in Hadleigh as affordable homes in Hadleigh and the only people who can move here are those who own a property in London which they can sell.

“I have a number of grandchildren who would love to be given the opportunity to buy a house in Hadleigh, but these new homes will not go to them.

“I have sat by watching this nation dismantled bit by bit and now I am seeing my own town being dismantled bit by bit.”

Next stop, Dorset? I do hope so!

Chris Costa, 46, of Sherwood Crescent, moved to Hadleigh from the East End to start a family 20 years ago.
He said: “I fell in love with Hadleigh due to the nature reserves and the fact that it is such a peaceful, beautiful place. I worry about the whole character of the town being changed, and not for the best. The council insist it’s growth but to us it’s destruction.

Social housing really does have an affect on the image of an area. At the moment the only way people are really able to move to Hadleigh is if they have the money to buy their own property. House prices will naturally begin to decline if a council estate is built right next to a row of £600,000 homes.

It sounds snobby, but I was born in Hackney and grew up in east London so I can’t really be accused of being a snob.

No. You can’t. But the Common Purpose drones will label you a racist and a NIMBY.

Steve Rogers, the council’s head of regeneration, said: “It sometimes feels like we are torn between what our residents want and what the government want us to do. The plan we have come up with is one which we think is right for Castle Point.”

But the people who pay your wages don’t. Why not listen to them for a change, and defy the government (who’d never live in Hadleigh in a million years, or indeed anywhere else their policies have wrecked)?

4 comments for “The Problem With ‘White Flight’…

  1. Derek
    March 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Ever since Blair’s changes to local government, the councils have been run by officials, not by councillors. Blair destroyed local democracy. Before him, it would have been a councillor who defended the policy, now you hardly ever hear from them. Blair and the puppetmasters behind him have a lot to answer for.

    • March 11, 2013 at 5:51 am

      But it doesn’t look like he’ll ever be called to account.

  2. john in cheshire
    March 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Derek, you are so correct. I think either there will be blood on the streets to rid us of all the communists in our midst, or we will be led like sheep to the slaughter.

  3. Lolz
    March 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    There are affordable houses. They are affordable for the immigrants who come here with large families, and your council can afford to hand them out.

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