Who is going to pay for them?
WHAT is 'affordable' housing? Ever since building societies granted mortgages to potential buyers based on five, six, think-of-a-number times their salaries, the market has become over inflated and house prices have rocketed.
This has coincided with a sharp growth in population and, of course, this is a subject about which we must not talk for fear of being branded a racist, xenophobe, Little Englander or someone with a mind of his/her own.
Thankfully, unlike many of the dinosaurs and toadies spinning their utopian one-nation, big-society nonsense at the Labour, Lib-Dem, and Conservative conferences, Frank Field (Labour) isn't scared of discussing difficult issues. The views of Mr Field and other members of the cross-party balanced migration group have been vindicated by the most recent census which shows that the population of England and Wales has grown by 3.7 million in ten years and it is suggested that this will continue to put a strain on the infrastructure.
If, therefore, the mayoral candidates are keen to tell us that they propose building more 'affordable' homes, how will they be funded? Who will build these houses? Where will they be situated and who will be eligible to live in them?
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Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack is right to be concerned about Bristol's architectural legacy.
I agreed wholeheartedly with the comments expressed by R L Smith of Knowle (The Post, October 10) for I fear too that the elected mayor will be politician first, public servant second.
None of the candidates, including the supposedly independent ones, has fully costed their 'visions' for Bristol so why should I vote for any of them? If the devil is in the detail, then it's time we heard from the candidate with the red face, horns and forked tongue.
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