Broadland District Council aim to spend £600,000 so that, between 2010 and 2013, people in and around Rackheath will better understand the eco-community and local schools can promote the eco-community and what it stands for. (See this paper setting out the proposals)
Surely in the country's current economic state BDC should not be using tax payers' money to promote the proposed eco-community and it also sounds rather sinister to suggest that local school children should also be used for this purpose!
According to this paper "local communities, the local press and the nation as a whole struggle with what an "Eco Community" comprises. It is important to educate and demonstrate to all members of the Rackheath and wider community what the "Eco" designation for the development is trying to achieve".
The concept it NOT rocket science and it is rather arrogant of BDC to suggest that we need educating in this way. Whoever thought up the idea of transporting bus loads of school children across the county to an industrial estate to explain the merits of living in an eco-community? Hardly an environmentally friendly exercise in itself.
BDC suggest that they will be bringing new jobs to the area but by building such a centre on an industrial estate they are effectively removing an opportunity for a business to operate and provide a lot more jobs than this proposed education centre states it will provide.