In an article in the Evening News this weekend Steve Morphew, Leader of Norwich City Council described the proposed Norwich Northern Distributor Road as a 'development scheme' stating that "if money is found then we need to ensure that we can take advantage of that so work can start. We see it as development scheme to open up land to enable the creation of jobs, homes and prosperity".
Mr Morphew was defending the council's plans to spend £1.2 million preparing the way for the road despite the fact that funding is still not certain with 21 other projects also be considered by the government and massive cuts in services as well as council redundancies are in the pipeline for local people. (Apparently they have reduced the amount of money that had previously considered spending!) £1.2 million pounds........
As part of the infamous GNDP, the council and their colleagues at the other councils have discussed their plans in private deciding themselves that they will destroy the countryside surrounding Norwich and spoil the charm of Norwich itself to fulfill their own aspirations for growth in this region. Money, as they say, is the root of all evil and it certainly has the power to destroy when put in the hands of the wrong people who think here is nothing wrong with making decisions behind closed doors which will affect the lives of thousands of people.
It seems that most of the population are living is blissful ignorance of what these people have planned for Norfolk - most people think it has all gone away. Let us hope that they are right and the Inspector takes notice of the comments on the changes to the Joint Core Strategy that are currently open to consultation. The local elections in May might well change a few things too!