|Speakers preparing for last night's presentations|
Speakers also outlined the deficiencies in the consultation process in Norfolk which have affected the Joint Core Strategy, the NDR and the proposed King's Lynn incinerator.
It became more obvious as the evening progressed that some councillors in Norfolk have their own agendas and are pursuing aspirations which are not those of the communities they are supposed to represent. Richard Burton, speaking on behalf of the King's Lynn Incinerator without Incineration campaign group, made that point succinctly through a series of well -researched arguments although the EDP made no reference at all to either him or his presentation.
Andrew Boswell's excellent presentation about the proposed Norwich Northern Distributor Road and the Postwick Hub resulted in a large proportion of the audience completing the postcard to Norman Baker expressing dissatisfaction with the consultation process.
Improprieties concerning the consultation process and practice seems to have been at the heart of most of the presentations that were heard last night and must give rise to concern to anyone who takes more than a cursory glance at what is happening in Norfolk and indeed in the rest of the country. The proliferation of campaign groups and petitions also re-enforces the view that the democratic process is lacking and people want their views not only to be heard but also to be acted upon.
The EDP's account of the evening confirms the view that journalists use every opportunity to put a different spin on what people say! SNUB Chairman, Stephen Heard's throw away comment about sleepless nights which was actually meant as a light-hearted joke and everyone else in the audience must have appreciated that, but the EDP 's reporting conveyed something quite different and implied that he was very worried about potential implications.
As he has done at each public meeting, Stephen used the opportunity to ask the audience once again whether they were still willing to support SNUB and, once again, received an overwhelmingly positive response. It is disappointing, as one member of the audience pointed out, that a lot of people think that the proposals for massive development to the North East of Norwich have gone away. SNUB and its supporters still have a lot of work to do but in the knowledge that they, at least, are representing local people.
The presentations will be made available on our website at a later date.