Letter: Short of water? Build lots of homes!

WHAT do you do when the South faces a severe water shortage? Well, what the Government and Horsham District Council do is build thousands of new houses. Of course, let’s do the nonsensical thing and make a bad situation worse.

Groucho Marx famously once said, ‘You can always count on politicians to misdiagnose a situation and then having done so, to apply the wrong remedy’. How true.

When the South had countless jobs on offer, there was a good reason to encourage the ingress of people from other parts of the country, but this is no longer the case and there are not sufficient jobs for the people who already live here.

It is high time that the State took a reality check both at central and local level.

We live in one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with London and the South particularly bad.

Water is the most basic of necessities and we already face a shortage even before the summer has arrived.

It is time that serious consideration is given to the size of population that our natural resources can support and where that population is best located.

Certainly, the South is not the place.

ROBERT BISHOP

Broomfield Drive, Billingshurst