Sustainable Communities

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 5th February 2003.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock 12:31 pm, 5th February 2003

First, we in Thurrock welcome every unit of affordable housing that might come from this announcement. Thurrock has the most river frontage, the most brownfield sites and the most green belt of all the gateway riparian authorities, and we would welcome our own urban development corporation. Will those bodies address the fact that much of the railway network is to the east of the channel tunnel link and requires substantial upgrading owing to low capacity?

Secondly, our green belt has been taking in London's household waste. That is unacceptable and we do not want any more.

Finally, we need a massive boost to our health and hospital provision, which is wholly inadequate.