Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

letters ... creates unreal image of urban armageddon

  • Comment

Martin Pawley's armageddon (aj 30.3.00) seemed just like Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' outburst which was devised to shock and which fortunately was self-proclaimed and off beam.

Pawley's predictions of a 1984 scenario, used to justify the case against urban regeneration is obviously going well over the top. What lengths will he go to?

In his efforts to resist 'cramming' all that is needed is a 'sense of place', whatever the urban density.

Nobody is expecting Utopia.

It is easy to manipulate the so-called facts, as in the case of our local new town, and to create a 1984 scenario. (Apologies to any decent resident of Whitely, Fareham, who may read this letter, incidentally.)

Unrest in the community is resulting in lawlessness as resident use their cars as battering rams to 'get out.' The two local councils have now given up on one another and the local library just completed cannot open for fear of having its books burnt by security guards who also patrol the local shopping centre and are threatening to make man's best friend extinct.

Is it becoming ungovernable as '1984', arrives or is this just a manipulation of the facts?

To alter the course of 200 years of continuous urban expansion requires time and, particularly, the backing of the vast majority of people.

Obviously Martin Pawley cannot accept change and I hope the aj in its efforts to support balanced journalism uses his page to convince architects to convince the public accordingly. After all there are 35,000 of us and just one of him, I hope.

Rex Hawkesworth, Portsmouth

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.