If you want to know how much residential building is going on in Kent, start by counting the water treatment plants, which I had to do today with a water company photographer. It took three hours in all across Kent and included the work now underway at Westwood cross.
Looking from above at some of the places they are squeezing in new estates, particularly around the Medway, I’m doubtful that there’s enough water for the staggering numbers of homes that are planned.
That said, a quick check on the Bewl Water reservoir revealed that it is now looking rather healthy in contrast with the photos I took at the beginning of the summer. You wouldn’t know there’s a drought still on by looking at it.
Given the attraction of the South-east as a source of new homes, one further item of interest I noticed today, was the density of ‘Travellers’ dotted around in groups of caravans in fields and lay-bys across Kent and Sussex. There’s quite a lot I thought and I wonder if the Government has any real idea of the numbers? Probably not is the answer I would expect.