There is some gentle irony in Broadland District Council publishing the New Economics Foundation's five ways to wellbeing' in the latest Broadland News as NEF have been quoted extensively by advocates of the 'slow living' movement who eschew the constant craving for growth and homogenisation and want a return to a slower, better pace of life. Recently NEF's policy director, Andrew Simms said at the Lyon environment forum that the oil-fired obsession with growth amounted to treating the biosphere like a business in liquidation. (See this article in The Independent). Mr Simms added that the world could no longer afford to pursue an economic model based entirely on competition and growth and that mankind must break this vicious cycle.
Yet BDC in their pursuit of growth are intent on destroying the countryside around Rackheath and the wellbeing of the people who live here. BDC seem to happy to see the area around Rackheath become one great homogenised housing estate joined seamlessly to Norwich - but not forgetting the green corridors of course which will somehow make it all right!
However, please note, we have already taken note of the five ways to wellbeing and we have already connected with the people round us and have been active by stepping outside to talk to local residents. We have taken notice of the beauty which is our countryside and noticed the changing seasons and the drastic changes that BDC wants to impose on us. We have kept learning and have researched deeply into what is planned for this area and given our time and volunteered to join a community group to try to stop the destruction of all that makes Rackheath and the surrounding area the place that we have chosen to live for the wellbeing of ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.