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January 24, 2008



For what it's worth, my principal objection to the area of exemption is that it sanctions further architectural damage to the area I live in to provide a short-term solution to a community's housing needs. Which rather begs the question of what we're going to have to do about it in 5, 10 and 20 years time.

I've written about all this before, but what worries me is that, with an average birthrate of 5.9 children per family in the Chareidi community, allowing larger extensions will at best provide only a temporary solution to present overcrowding, and do nothing for the future problems that are only round the corner. In the long term, my Jewish neighbours will have to establish a new, less crowded community in addition to the one that now thrives in Stamford Hill; and I think it would be best if we didn't continue to wreck our beautiful streetscapes (on a basis that has little or nothing to do with architectural merit) before that point becomes inevitable.

However, despite quite substantial opposition, the Council is determined to press on with the scheme; and, as I've already made my views known, I didn't think there would be much to be gained by going to Jules' meeting.

I am though intrigued about the raw sewage. I've seen a bathtub in the canal, but not stools.


Just as well as I didn`t go paddling in the poor Lea, then.

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