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