‘Group should be against town’s expansion’

MCBT Letters to the editor
MCBT Letters to the editor

The group of residents adjacent to Lord Williams School may not be against this expansion of the town but they should be (front page July 29).

Such an increase in population will ruin the place. May I suggest that they take a trip to Witney, which has undergone similar expansion, and take note of conditions there.

Witney has gone from being a rather tranquil, even sleepy wool town to being an almost permanent traffic jam.

At peak times, the town centre is a nightmare with pavements not capable of coping with pedestrian traffic and shoppers, delivery drivers and workers alike suffer from pressure of sheer numbers.

Thame will be like that if this development goes ahead. It will lose its friendliness, simply because that happens when communities grow too large and people become anonymous.

Indeed, it is likely to become fractious and bad tempered as people react to pressure for parking space, in shops or simply attempting to cross the road, the latter being difficult already.

What is needed to bring this home to the town is a visit, once the holiday season is over, of around 2,000 - 2,500 people, in family groups, who arrive by car on Tuesday or Saturday morning and amble round our shops, do their normal shopping, even.

The extra people will undoubtedly provide a foretaste of what is to come.

Ralph Ingham-Johnson