Houses must be built somewhere

So Damion Roberts informs us that a petition signed by 200 residents opposes the demolition of Rose Cottage and its replacement with 11 houses. We are further told that people are upset by what they consider the Madness which has seen numerous buildings

So Damion Roberts informs us that a petition signed by 200 residents opposes the demolition of Rose Cottage and its replacement with 11 houses. We are further told that people are upset by what they consider the "Madness which has seen numerous buildings rise throughout the heart of the town".

As my wife and I have very close connections with Hitchin stretching back over 200 years - my wife's family 1930, my family arrived in Weston in 1889 we feel highly qualified to comment:

The various sites around Hitchin town centre which we have seen developed in recent years have, almost without exception, been a vast improvement on the eyesores which they replaced, and we trust that this will be no exception.

Do not misunderstand me; I am all for retaining that which enhances the town, but not at any cost.

In conclusion, we must all be aware that houses must be built. Just where do these complainants suggest? Nimby, no doubt!

B J SMITH, Whitehill Road, Hitchin