AS a local resident, I believe that the proposed marina development at Hockley Heath at least warrants some objective consideration (Letters).
The fact that a private developer is prepared to invest in a marina which will generate additional revenue to British Waterways is not necessarily a bad thing. Will we be happy to see the decay of the canal in the same way as is evident elsewhere?
The marina seems to be in keeping with acceptable rural development, does not particularly detract from the amenity value of the green belt and might provide much needed jobs.
We are fortunate to have open countryside on our doorstep with areas of outstanding natural beauty - the site of the proposed marina isn’t one of them.
When some future government determines that the proposed site is a natural infill for housing (which arguably it is), the canal footpaths are closed due to lack of maintenance and all local business are closed and boarded up, we might think that the marina was not such a bad idea after all.
Stephen Gladstone, Meadow Close, Hockley Heath.