The following is a letter from a councillor to the SNJ. It is in response to a letter from Debbie Hicks (SNJ, January 2) in which she writes she was "dismayed to hear that Stroud District Council is spending £2 million to redevelop Brimscombe Port and that this will include at least 150 new homes.

"Sadly, as with nearly all new housing developments provided by property developers, it is unlikely to be 'affordable housing' or social housing, and this will further contribute to the local housing and homelessness crisis."

Debbie Hicks is misinformed about the plans to redevelop Brimscombe Port not including affordable housing (SNJ, January 2).

As was made clear in the well attended community consultation before Christmas, re-developing the Port will be led by the District Council in partnership with a developer, following a development brief which aims to deliver the local plan policy of 30% affordable housing, as well as a re-developed canal and port basin, employment and community facilities. Our Stroud area desperately needs more high quality affordable housing, and this is a priority in all Council projects under the current Labour, Green and LibDem leadership.

Cllr Martin Whiteside - District Councillor for Brimscombe and Thrupp and Chair of the Brimscombe Port Project Board

Claypits Lane, Thrupp