LETTERS From Willemina Hagenauw, Bembridge:
AM I the only one who was gob-smacked when I read about the plan to build 900 houses at Ryde?
And am I the only one who is wondering where the people who are supposed to live there are going to get their income from?
What jobs will be available to sustain 900 extra households, now some of the biggest employers on the Island are closing?
Wouldn’t it be better in the economic climate to put resources into plans to develop employment, attract new businesses, rejuvenate dilapidated resorts such as Sandown and get Islanders who are struggling to get a job into fulfilling work?
Surely, that must have a higher priority than more houses that nobody wants and needs and for which there is no infrastructure.
Just look at the new Pan estate. There are enough houses available.
If this goes ahead, the Island will be one step nearer to becoming a great big housing estate and to losing all of its natural beauty and attraction to visitors from the mainland or abroad.
I can already imagine how the new tourist initiative would market the Island to tourists: "Come and visit the IW — the biggest urban jungle on the sea."
I bet that would bring the punters in.
• More letters on this topic in the Friday, Febraury 1, County Press.