I REFER to the letter about flats being built on the former site of the Dell pub.

This doesn't surprise me at all.

In Heswall substantial houses have been demolished and generic flats built.

Why flats?

Flats make more money for the council and developer.

They have also been built on every bit of spare space causing great traffic congestion throughout Heswall and residential roads are now being used as "rat runs."

It's becoming a more unpleasant place to live in.

While it’s bad in Heswall other towns will no doubt suffer the same effects in Wirral, being a peninsula with only three roads out, reaches saturation sooner than if we were in a greater land mass.

As the Prenton respondent has discovered protest by signature, letters and verbally is useless.

The development goes ahead and is started very quickly so people are caught on the back foot.

This is what happens when power is in the hands of a few people.

All I can say is that nowhere is safe be it an old building, landmark, house with a large garden, open space, green belt or farmland.

Wirral residents should take a greater interest in their area, attend council meetings and demand answers from councillors and join with others to combat this menace.

If the numbers are there then we can make change happen but it is up to us otherwise this state of affairs will continue unabated.

Elizabeth Carberry, Heswall.