Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Nothing Lasts Forever

We did the circuit we often do- driving from Matfield where we live to Brenchley where the doctor's surgery is to Paddock Wood where we visit the charity shops- and then back home again- and on the way passed five sites where this is happening...



Small villages are swelling into large villages and large villages are swelling into towns- and the in-between places are ceasing to be lanes and becoming streets- and none of it thrills me greatly. I ask myself whether anyone apart from the construction firms and the politicians they fund really benefits from this- and note that none of the sites look like they feature the kind of homes the nation actually needs- by which I mean small, modest homes that people who aren't bankers or hedge-funders can afford.

And then I wonder what will happen to these new houses when the population begins to shrink- as I'm fairly sure it will- and this conjures up a cheery vision of the roofs collapsing and the walls being robbed out- as happened in Dark Age Britain when the Roman soldiers left- and the trees and grasses moving back in until only archaeologists can read the signs that show they were ever there at all...
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