This:The great myth of urban Britain
This is a fairly brief article, but I wasn't really surprised by the figures, I wrote a blog piece last summer about this subject after a cycle trip round England and Wales - the right-wing press in particular is always going on about how Britain has been "concreted over", "bursting at the seams" etc, yet there are still vast swathes of the country outside London that are sparsely populated. Take, for example, one day that I spent travelling across Norfolk and Suffolk and saw less than 10 cars the whole day.
And yet, in the face of these stats (some of which are obviously open to criticism), people are still
swallowing the line from those papers, and instead it's the biased BBC feeding us propaganda in order to oil us up for some sort of Matrix-like building project. Mental.
317. Pat berks
6 MINUTES AGO
Hmm there does seem to be an 'agenda' apearing here. I've long suspected one of the reasons for the HS2 rail link is to 'sterilise' countryside , particularly between Coventry and Birmingham,so it can be used for building massive 'new towns'
8 MINUTES AGO
Fully agree, looks like a precursor report to a new 'Green target' being introduced with a max Urban coverage maximum target of 5%. Up 2.4% from what they say is currently covered in concrete.
16 MINUTES AGO
This spin on this article is ridiculous. To equate the patch of grass that grows around a lamppost in the middle of a city with the equivalent area of meadow, forest or field is absurd. The lesson might be that we need to guard against journalists softening us up for a massive building programme. Evan Davis wrote a similarly spun piece before. Odd that.
17 MINUTES AGO
So this latest story then - is it yet another softening-up exercise before some massive building programme or other is announced - another airport, more nuclear power stations, increased urban sprawl for house-building, radioactive waste sites etc.etc. ??
And saving the best to last, this is the most crazy of all. Apparently, if you include the areas that are not built up in your survey, the overall figures for the country will show that it is less built up. So straight-talking was this comment, that the author could only assume that it would be banned.
28 MINUTES AGO
more bbc tosh
including remote moor lands, and mountains areas it might look the bbc way.
bit like Japan, which is urbanised.
better import more people eh bbc ? thats your sad angle, always have an agenda