I am now retired and living in the town where I grew up, in Lowestoft on the east coast of the U.K., an area of outstanding natural beauty called the Norfolk Broads. Where I used to play as a child has disappeared under (improvements!!) to generate more cash for the local economy. It’s true more money is now coming in but the area has been changed forever.
Reed beds have been dug out to provide more moorings for boats, and land levels raised to make an area for water sports. A stream that ran near our home is now so polluted there are no fish in it any more. I once saw a kingfisher make its home on the banks of that stream, it just makes me sad that, for cash, the natural beauty of an area of Broadland has been destroyed...
Martyn Watney, U.K.