Thursday, April 10, 2008

Time for public debate on the Broads - MP

Government bodies behind proposals to allow some of Britain's finest pike fisheries to be flooded by the sea have been challenged to come clean about their plans and take part in a public debate.
The call came from North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, at a public meeting attended by more than 400 people, in a village which would be lost under the plan.
Speaking at Potter Heigham VIllage hall, Mr Lamb said those behind plans to abandon coastal defences should "engage directly with the public".
He added: "It's absolutely essential that there should be a proper discussion."
Conservation agency Natural England believes allowing the sea to breach defences on the Norfolk coast would "send out the right message" about the severity of climate change.
But the move would mean Hickling Broad, Horsey Mere, the Martham Broads, Heigham Sound and the Upper Thurne would be lost to the sea.
Six villages, thousands of hectares of farmland and around an eighth of the entire area of the Broads would also disappear.
More than 800 people have now signed the PAC's petition to Save the Broads.

Click here for reports on last night's public meeting.

Click here to sign the petition.