LETTER: Snitterton fields - Thin end of the wedge

Sheffield has more than 650 empty council houses.
Sheffield has more than 650 empty council houses.

I was dismayed to read that Sainsbury’s had taken down the adverts bought by campaigners against the proposal to build houses on Snitterton fields.

This censorship of the right to protest is profoundly undemocratic.

Of course we don’t know the identity of the person who objected but it seems likely that they did not object to this innocent advert on grounds of taste or decency.

On Matlock Moor we fought proposals to build on the fields at Bently Bridge and we lost.

Now a further planning consent has been given to extend housing still further out along the Chesterfield Road and yet another application is in the pipeline to build even further out into the country.

The lesson is obvious - any consent to build on green fields is likely to be the thin end of the wedge.

In the meantime, if the campaign against building on the fields at Snitterton were to mount a boycott of Sainsburys. I for one would be happy to change my shopping habits and stop giving my money to a business intent on stifling free speech.

Hugh Fox

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