Immigration is linked to loss of green belt

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It was not a surprise to me that Sunderland City Council cabinet secretary announced that housing is to be built on “a small number of sites which are currently in the Green Belt”.

According to population forecast figures, that will be the tip of the iceberg.

In 2002, Oxford University immigration expert Prof David Coleman said: “This rate of population growth is historically without precedent. It is enough to fill a London borough every year.”

By 2011, the UK population was growing by nearly 500,000 every year and the number of people awarded British citizenship in 2009 was 203,790 and was going up.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said the census showed that previous official figures had understated net migration … it could be more!

Britain’s population has grown by five million in 12 years and it is estimated that about 100,000 foreign students have started to go missing every year and that an extra 550,000 school places are needed due to increasing numbers.

A 2010 housing report said: “More than two million new homes will have to be built over the next 25 years to cope with immigration and population increase.”

It may not be politically correct to link the loss of the green belt to new arrivals but we cannot afford to ignore it.

The parliamentary group ‘Balanced Immigration’ commented: “Low paid black and white Britons have the most to lose from uncontrolled immigration.”

Yes, they are and no amount of young left wing students wearing ‘Open Britain’ bottle top badges or campaigning against ‘Fortress Europe’, will help these poorer paid people save our green and pleasant land for future generations.

John Aspinall