Jobs before housing for ‘growth not gridlock’...

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MORE needs to be done to create skilled jobs in the Vale before any more extra housing is built.

That is the message from Aylesbury Vale district councillor Phil Yerby, who is calling for ‘growth not gridlock’.

Recent figures have revealed that 25% of people living in the Vale commute to jobs in areas such as Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead, whereas just 6% commute to London.

These figures, according to Mr Yerby, will only increase with the added housing planned for the district if the council is not allowed to develop an economic-led local plan, concentrating on creating jobs for the Vale, before more large-scale housing plans are given the go-ahead.

“Residents I have spoken are not demanding more housing over and above the 10,000 homes already planned and yet to be built – they are demanding more and better skilled jobs,” he said.

“Currently 31 per cent of working people commute out of the Vale. As there are only 6% who commute to London that means 25% are largely using their cars.

“With the 10,000 houses already approved around Aylesbury, this is going to get worse.

“There are plenty of well appointed office and industrial units around Aylesbury which are vacant.

“I believe we need employment-led growth before housing-led gridlock.

“The council is allocating ‘employment areas’ to housing schemes, but this is not going to do much in itself to attract jobs.

“None of us wants to see our town store up any future employment and social problems.”