Fast forward 20 years

In 1955 Town and City Green Belts were created and about 20 years later multi-storey housing fell out of favour.

Thursday, 12th May 2016, 4:55 am
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 6:00 am

This was a period when a house could be bought by most people for a mortgage of three times a single annual salary and renting was adequate.

Most of this was before we joined the Common Market in 1973.

Fast forward another 20 years with the EU expanding to over 20 members and an increasing number of mainly young people began to struggle to afford a house even on two wages and, worse still, began to find it difficult to even rent a decent property.

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In the next 20 years we’ve witnessed the EU’s expansion to 28 members with still little, if any, changes to address the housing problem.

And what is most likely in the next 20 years with the forecast enlargement of the European Union and millions more wanting to come to Britain?

Staying in the EU will possibly cost us £240 billion. A significant amount of this will build houses, highways, hospitals and schools etc. for other European countries where the population will probably decrease due to the number of people moving to countries like the UK.

Many may also live where our Green Belts are today or reside in an increasing number of necessary high- rise buildings.

Oh, and there will be a new meaning of gridlock.

Our young are the nation’s major asset for the future and should, even today, be given far more help to have their own homes.

Any minimum wage should more realistically relate to the so-called affordable housing.

The more costly Brown Sites should be used more.

David Cameron’s feeble, insulting so-called EU reforms will do nothing to address a chronic housing situation.

If we stay in the EU get ready for children to live with their parents and grandparents indefinitely.

Also get ready for driving on the right-hand side of the road with all metric signs at our expense.

We will be compelled to ditch the pound for the euro and will be told to salute another flag. (Well, you folk will)).

By comparison my generation, despite WW2 and the following austerity and rationing, never had it so good.

Mike Dodgson, grandad

Marchwood Road, S6