Thank goodness SNUB know whats going on.How would we know about this without them?
I second what Rackheath Resident says, and wish all at SNUB a very happy new year, especially those running the website. I am hoping 2011 will be a good year for the environment countywide, nationwide and worldwide - and the MigrationWatch report that came out on 29th December is a very good start.It is called "Migration – The Environmental Consequences for the UK". It notes that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK will soar by almost 515 million tonnes over the period from 2008 to 2033. The Chairman says:'Climate change on its own is an immensely serious issue but the huge projected rise in population over this period – more than two thirds due to immigration - will also have a host of other implications for the quality of life which we, and more particularly, our children and grandchildren will enjoy - or endure - in the coming decades. For example if all the projected increase in population ..... was to be accommodated in urban areas, we would have to build 60 towns the size of Slough, or 20 cities the size of Leicester, or else urbanise areas equivalent in area to Surrey or Warwickshire.''The effects of such large scale urbanisation would include a loss of wildlife habitats, damage to the UK’s biodiversity and a detrimental impact on the ‘amenity’ that people derive from the rural environment and contact with nature, as well as fundamentally changing the nature and appearance of large parts of the country for ever.''These are relatively intangible issues - difficult if not impossible to value – but, nonetheless, of great importance to the many people who do not want to see the character of our country changed out of all recognition.'This is the kind of language that is needed - and it is going to come DOWN to councils from on high and UP to councils from below. It is not going to come FROM councils, though some councillors may well wish it could. So if I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about what councils are up to, because in the end they are going to do what they are told. As they have no money of their own.