More houses, more jobseekers, more jobs needed – whats the point?

In the middle of the month Cornwall Council released a press release entitled ‘As Cornwall Council prepares for elections in May, Council Leader John Pollard reflects on the achievements of the authority over the past four years.’

We have secured significant levels of investment through the Growth Deal to deliver transport improvements to encourage and facilitate economic growth in housing and employment. These schemes include A39 Falmouth Gateway, Redruth Strategic Employment Growth Package – Newquay Strategic Route (phase one complete), A38 Cornwall Gateway (Carkeel), Bodmin Cornwall’s Cycling Town, Truro Western Corridor , St Erth Multi Modal Hub and Callywith Roundabout.

Oh not again. You expand the road system to allow for more housing which needs more employment. You might create say 100 jobs but these are to meet the needs of the 100 new jobseekers in the 100 new houses. [On balance most new houses are to ‘accommodate’ new households who migrate to Cornwall, not for local need]. Cornwall is no better off than before! And there is more traffic as each household will have at least one car! And they will travel around by car!


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