We have at SNUB been reflecting on what has been a momentous week in our campaign to stop the creeping urbanisation of Norwich.
At the beginning of last week we issued the legal challenge to the Joint Core Strategy, which was a decision not taken lightly as it leaves us particularly exposed personally on the financial front. However we also believe that if you campaign for a cause then you should stand up and be counted. I am proud of the fact that a small group of dedicated volunteers have taken this step on behalf of the thousands of local residents who continually demonstrate that they do not want this type of large scale development on their doorstep.
Indeed it was those very people who in the local Wards most affected by the proposed developments demonstrated their views at the Ballot box on Thursday by ensuring that local councillors who will represent their views were returned to BDC rather then those who did not listen. Yes, it was disappointing that the overall colour of the Council did not change however there were much bigger things at play then our campaign here in Norfolk.
So it was quite a week and the campaign continues with vigour and a desire to see this JCS quashed either through the courts or by pressure on BDC to withdraw before it gets to that.
Whilst writing it is important to reaffirm that SNUB are apolitical and as a consequence we took the decision not to stand as Independent candidates at the District Council elections as we believe we will be more effective outside of the tent and free from the restraints and dogma of local politics. We were courted to stand but stood by our original decision not to become embroiled in local party politics that we find petty and demeaning. It would also have produced a “split vote” which may well have seen candidates returned through the back door who are no longer Councillors!
I believe that we have, for a bunch of local residents who do this in their spare time with very little resources, made great strides in achieving our ambition of stopping the creeping urbanisation of Norwich and the theft of our countryside and productive faming land. There maybe folk out there who have a different view but to date we have not seen hoards of locals who say they do want this development. Quite the contrary!