DARLINGTON council leader Heather Scott says building on brownfield sites is too expensive. Too expensive for who, exactly?

If developers can pay multi-million pound bonuses, they can afford to do the decent thing and build on brownfield sites. Too expensive? Someone is paying the price here, and is not the developers.

Our councillors should stand up for us, the existing residents, whose lives will be degraded. The thousands of new residents who buy into these green field schemes will search hopelessly for a doctor, a dentist, a school place and everything else that makes living in a community worthwhile, and that's before we mention the traffic.

Time to just say thanks, but no thanks.

Alexandra Bailey, Darlington.