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A company has asked your local council to open a factory in the area where you live. You and your neighbors feel that this is not a great idea. Write a letter to the local council and state:

  • Why it is not a great idea?
  • How it will affect you and others?
  • What you want the local council to do?

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am a resident of Cavalry Street, Delhi. The purpose of writing this letter is to show our concern on the opening of a new factory in our area.

This will be the fifth cotton factory in this area as the four such factories have been operating since 2010. The number of working people is extremely limited in our locality, and this new factory will attract people from other cities which will increase our problems.

The pollution has risen at alarming levels since they use various chemicals in their process. Many people have started to suffer from asthma and numerous kidney related diseases due to the pollution. Although these factories provide means of income to the people of our area, they pose serious health risks to our children and elderly people.

We want you to take immediate action on this issue and do not provide permission to the owners of this factory. Please also send your team in the coming week to visit our area so that they can assess the situation.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Smith

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Overall, this letter is well written. I will provide a few suggestions that I would make if I were writing this letter.


A company has asked your local council to open a factory in the area where you live. You and your neighbors feel that this is not a great idea. Write a letter to the local council and state:

  • Why it is not a great idea?
  • How it will affect you and others?
  • What you want the local council to do?

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am a resident of Cavalry Street, Delhi. The purpose of writing this letter is to show our concern on the opening of a new factory in our area. (incorporate your residency into your "The purpose of writing this letter . . ." sentence. That should be your opening sentence.)

This will be the fifth cotton factory in this area as the four such factories have been operating since 2010. (Four cotton factories have been operating in our community since 2010, and this proposed factory would be the fifth. You use "will" which implies certainty. I use "would" which has an element of uncertainty.) The number of working people is extremely limited in our locality, and this new factory will attract people from other cities which will increase our problems. (The first part of your compound sentence does not tell me whether the number of people is a problem. Instead, consider something like the following: The space and resources for additional working people are extremely limited in our locality, and this new factory . . .)

The pollution has risen at alarming levels since (I tend to use "because" when I want to demonstrate effect. Since is okay, but I tend to use it for time.) they use various chemicals in their process. Many people have started to suffer from asthma and numerous kidney related diseases due to (I would use "because of" instead of "due to". For purists, "due to" should be used an adjective only. This stuff makes my head hurt. But if you want to dig deeper into this stuff, read the discussion at the following link: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/because-due-to-since-and-as) the pollution. Although these factories provide means of income to the people of in our area, they pose serious health risks to our children and elderly people.

We want you to take immediate action on this issue and do not provide permission to the owners of this factory. (This past sentence is a bit clumsy. You write something like this: "We want you to take immediate action on this issue by denying permission to the owners of this factory." You can easily make the sentence even more terse and direct.) Please also send your team in the coming week to visit our area so that they can assess the situation. (This last sentence is okay, but I would write it a little differently. Also, please arrange to sent your team to visit our area in the next two weeks so that I can meet with them and show them the challenges a new factory would present. Here, I want to be proactive and part of the solution. If you allow someone/team to walk around aimlessly, they might arrive at a different conclusion. You want to have an opportunity to interact with them.)

I look forward to hearing back from you. (You want to be proactive. Otherwise, he or she might never get in touch with you. I will call you on Friday to confirm that you received this letter and to arrange a meeting with your team.)

Yours faithfully,

Chris Smith