Cut the protests and get on with building houses

I THINK Herts County Council is wrong in its resolution this week to mount a High Court challenge against the decision to build 83,200 homes in Hertfordshire. I live in Hertfordshire and will, therefore, be affected by the plans, but I also live in the re

I THINK Herts County Council is wrong in its resolution this week to mount a High Court challenge against the decision to build 83,200 homes in Hertfordshire.

I live in Hertfordshire and will, therefore, be affected by the plans, but I also live in the real world.

There are thousands of people currently on housing lists in the county, and there is consistently a high demand for affordable housing.

It seems a lot of people have a penchant for imitating ostriches and burying their heads in the sand, banging on with the same old rhetoric that we shouldn't accommodate housing on this scale.

Robert Gordon, leader of Herts County Council, has said the council has persistently tried to persuade the Government to "moderate its proposals for Hertfordshire".

But if the proposals are moderated, the issues of housing shortages and high house prices will not be fully addressed.

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If moderation of the plans goes ahead now I fully expect we will be told we need to build more homes in the not-too-distant future.

It's not something that's going to go away, or that we can run away from. Sooner or later, it's going to happen.

Herts County Council's delaying tactics will do little, except cost tax payers about £50,000.

Plans to improve or expand services, including the water infrastructure, transport networks, waste management, and cemeteries have been included in the plans to help alleviate the extra pressure brought by a larger population.

As far as I am aware, the proposals have gone through the necessary consultation process but, because Herts County Council doesn't like the decision, it's throwing its toys out of the pram.

I think we should accept that 83,200 homes will be built in Hertfordshire and get on with ensuring the proposals are carried out with as much sensitivity to the surrounding areas as possible.

I CANNOT believe the stupidity of doctors who are willing to supply the contraceptive pill online.

The new service was launched this week by the medical website DrThom, and offers three months supply of the powerful drug for £29.99.

Those behind the service have said it will initially be offered to women already on the pill, but will soon be expanded to those who have never taken it before.

Apparently it will only be prescribed to women aged 18 and over.

I've always been under the impression that doctors are intelligent individuals, but this makes me wonder if my long-held assumption has been hugely misguided.

There is nothing to stop somebody lying about their age in the obligatory online health questionnaire, realistically allowing children access to the pill.

While a spokesman for DrThom has said the £29.99 price tag will put most youngsters off, this is not a guarantee and frankly no kind of safeguard.

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