Letter: Green Party - We must look at the long term

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I write in reply to Andrew Acton’s letter (December 8) which called my letter (November 24) ‘a load of old tosh!’

Whether you see something as ‘tosh’ depends on your viewpoint. Are you looking long or short term?

From my perspective, we need to look long term in matters like transport. I know that the road building option has been on the cards for many years, but that doesn’t make it right. In fact by now we should have moved beyond it, as now we know that building more roads encourages more car travel.

Andrew says the Green Party ‘must put forward sensible alternatives and argue their case’, which of course we do, continuously, but current (short-sighted) thinking ignores our coherent case because it’s easier to go for the carrot of government money being dangled for road (and house) building, isn’t it?

Yes, Harrogate’s economy may be thriving but more cars will not help. What would help is REAL commitment to the alternatives which many people have listed, and I’m not suggesting that everyone has to get on a bike.

Shan Oakes

Harrogate and District

Green Party