I am dismayed to find letters of complaint about Fleet whenever I read your newspaper. Don't the residents of Fleet realise how lucky they are?
I was woken into this beautiful summer's day by the sound of the dawn chorus, the birdsong managing to filter through the double glazing installed to keep down the sounds of early morning motorists driving through Clarence Road.
Even the sound of their cars is kept to a minimum as the drivers, obviously trying to reduce the duration that the sound of their engines disturbs the local residents, gallantly exceed the speed limit by some 20 to 30 miles an hour.
They heroically ignore their own safety and the damage their vehicles should suffer in the event that they hit an early rising local resident in their struggle to reduce the time we are disturbed by each car.
I slipped in and out of sleep for an hour or two and was finally roused by the sound of the demolition from the two large construction sites close to my home. If it were not for this eight o'clock alarm call I might well have overslept and missed getting my paper.
It is a credit to the local planning and development committee that as they struggle to rid Fleet of its backward Victorian buildings and replace them with modern three-storey blocks of flats, they manage to keep disturbance and noise to a minimum by making sure all the demolition and construction happens at the same time.
After all, why should the residents of Albert Street suffer from higher traffic volumes because Clarence Road is blocked by construction traffic?
It is far better to reduce the traffic flow in both streets at the same time.
As the drivers who normally use these rat runs find their way blocked they will be forced to travel down the High Street, enabling them to see the wonderful wares on sale, and should they wish to open a shop of their own then they can see the multitude of conveniently placed empty stores available for them to set up their new venture.
After all, with this much traffic in the town centre then business must be booming.
I look forward to the fruits of the council's Local Plan. I have often visited Birmingham and admired the wonderful and inventive ways concrete has been used to enhance the local beauty.
It is a shame that complaints from unfeeling and unimaginative local residents have forced developers to use building styles that in some way mimic the current local street scenes. Once the council's evident plan to turn Fleet into a haven of high density homes is complete then we can dispense with this fake traditional look, which even I have to admit looks about as convincing as a chameleon on tartan, and get back to good old-fashioned concrete. Imagine what Bracknell town centre would have looked like if they had been forced to try to fit in with the existing local buildings.
I hope the local residents remember how much the local council has done for them at the next elections. Many of the local councillors work extremely hard towards the development of Fleet town centre and its adjoining streets but cannot enjoy the fruits of their labours as they live away from the area.
Perhaps when we have finally got rid of the old-fashioned family houses around the town centre then they will be able to sell their sprawling country houses and move into one of the more affordable second floor apartments in the centre of Fleet. It is only fitting that their long service to the local community should be rewarded by a penthouse apartment overlooking the rooftops of the town centre.
Hopefully by then they will have removed the remaining trees and gardens from the locality and these hard-working individuals will be able to sleep on high above the traffic noise without being disturbed by the dawn chorus and enjoy their well-deserved retirement in peace.
Avery T. Deacon-Harry