So, another Eco-Town, or Sustainable Communities Growth Area, has been re-badged as a Garden City, with funds from central Government to deliver infrastructure 4 years after the coalitian Government withdrew funding from Eco-Towns and Sustainable Communities as one of its first moves on gaining power.
This amounts to 4 wasted years. 4 years when the investment would have been well used, and useful in mitigating the effects of the Great Recession. If these funds had not been withdrawn 4 years ago the required infrastructure would be in place by now and the deficit not as great as it nowis is because we would have had people working and businesses investing. This cutting off and delay in funding has cost the country more in the long run (and not that long) in so many ways.
On top of this, the stipulations mentioned in today’s announcement about green-space and sustainable transport etc are all things which Eco-towns and Sustainable Communities Growth areas had in their plans anyway- well at least the ones I have been involved with did.