Whenever we get to the end of a busy year with ups and downs in the housing and commercial property markets, tit seems only doom and gloom . On the tv and radio currently there is much discussion about how well the housing market is doing, or not, as the case may be. There has been a huge rise in the number of new developments springing up in this area. I wondered why the great interest in this part of the world – we have no industry to speak of now, the boot and shoe industry moved out to China some years ago and the only companies left now are very high end bespoke hand made shoes with very well known names and an extremely rich customer base. The buyers of the housing boom here are attracted by the transport routes. We have the M1 going through with links via the A14, A6, A45 and A1. Commuting heaven!