Your letters to the Editor, April 26
TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE
I read Rhoda Morrison’s article ‘Fighting for our survival: The Rise of Extinction Rebellion’ (Bury Free Press, April 19) and, whereas I personally would prefer the use of democratic methods of persuasion, I can understand how one can become disillusioned.
The lack of immediate concern for the threat posed by climate change was highlighted when strikes by schoolchildren resulted in condemnation from the Prime Minister’s office.
Furthermore, a Parliamentary debate on climate change on February 28 this year was so poorly attended that the empty green benches were widely reported in the media.
Only a few Conservative MP’s felt that the issue was important enough to attend, despite this being the first opportunity to air the issues for more than two years. Our local MP, Jo Churchill, did not attend the debate. Recently it was reported that Labour officially recognised that there is an ‘environment and climate emergency’ and yet one has to consider what options there are available to convince those in government to act.
The dangers are real and the Government needs to act, rather than ignore the ever increasing impact of climate change or try to demonise demonstrators that like many feel we are not being listened to by those in power.
The sad fact is that without extreme measures many things are ignored by those in power. Scientists have warned about the dangers of climate change for the last 30 years and in the not-too-distant future it will be impossible to redress the damage.
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GOVERNMENT MUST ADDRESS EMERGENCY
It is with disappointment that I notice that neither of our local MPs have signed the early day motion to declare a UK-wide climate emergency. Indeed, the recent inaction of this government on what is an existential crisis for our planet is baffling.
The science is completely clear: there are just 12 years left to prevent 1.5 degrees of warming. Beyond that we face threat to the future of humanity, and even warming limited to that level will wreak havoc upon the livelihoods of countless people across the world.
Suffolk County Council has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, but the Government, befuddled by Brexit, seems incapable of taking the matter seriously.
As individuals we can all do our bit, but what is needed is Government action and leadership, a quality that seems to be sadly lacking.
Our young people are showing the way by striking and protesting, for it is their future which is at stake. Others are also hitting the streets and getting publicity, but all our Home Secretary can do is instruct the police to use ‘the full force of the law’ against them. Yes, that will, of course, ensure the future of our planet! David Attenborough has spoken out and produced lucid and beautifully filmed programmes about the crisis, but these seem not to have permeated Whitehall, nor Westminster.
Can I urge others to write to their local MP expressing their fears for the future of our planet and threatening them with a withdrawal of support at the next election?
I suspect that the only way to get our MPs to act is to hit them in the ballot box. All of us need to call for action on climate change now before it is too late. This is the only planet we have to live on. Our children and grandchildren are not going to thank us if we don’t act now.
REPLY FROM ONE ‘JOHNNY FOREIGNER’
With reference to ‘Who did these jobs before the EU?’ (Letters & Opinion, April 19, 2019), I found the letter really appalling.
As a ‘Johnny Foreigner’ or, more recently, citizen of nowhere/queue jumper, setted in Bury St Edmunds for 11 years, I would like to point out that the author of that letter has got a very selective memory when it comes to how it was only British people filling in ‘all those jobs’, but it may be understandable when you consider that the last time all of those positions were filled only by Brits was somewhere in the 18th or 19th century. And even then, reliance on seasonal and immigrant workers in some sectors was significant.
In the most recent history, people from the EU, the Caribbean (starting but not ending with the Windrush generation), India, China, etc, were a backbone supporting the NHS, services, hospitality and agricultural sectors. Some of the greatest scientists came from abroad as well.
When it comes to manufacturing and pride in Made in England, he must be referring to Made in the UK, unless he wants to exclude Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus some of the smaller islands. There are plenty of those products if you want to look. They are a bit more pricey, but if he/she wants to support local businesses as I do, it’s worth looking for them and spending that bit extra.
FORNHAM LODGES DO NOTHING FOR VILLAGE
In recent weeks there have been several pages in the Bury Free Press devoted to the proposed caravan
lodge holiday homes on the golf course at Fornham All Saints. At no time has any consideration been given to the local residents of Fornham All Saints.
The impact of such a development of 70 lodges on only 350 or so homes in the village will be hugely detrimental. Consider the village: on the south side there has been the selling of farmland for the development of Marham Park, with 900 houses in the process of being built. The increase in noise and pollution in traffic through the village will be considerable. The loss of farmland brings the one-time quiet and delightful village of Fornham to within 200 metres of urban development. Another loss of green space will consume Fornham into Bury, so the village identity will be all but lost.
Hannah Cuthbertson, director of the All Saints’ Hotel, said in last week’s paper that the proposed development ‘would be good for the local economy’. She goes on to say that such accommodation will be needed in December for the Christmas Market weekend – for one weekend of the year. But much of the population of Fornham All Saints is retired and will not be seeking employment – so, is this proposal good for the local economy? Of course, this proposal is still at the planning stage. There have been well over 100 objections to this development that have been sent to the West Suffolk planning office. Particularly, residents in Pigeon Lane, on The Street, in Larksgate, and Pound Meadow are very vocal about such a development. The impact of the caravans on the environment, on nature conservation and biodiversity along the river margins does not seem to have been considered. The noise and pollution to local residents just a few metres away from the development will not be appreciated. The access points to the 40 caravans on the north site on the B1106, where the road narrows and the speed of the traffic increases, is a serious issue for the Highways department.
The development will also impact on the Conservation Area which borders this proposal. Increasing urbanisation is a current national concern. It is not just 70 caravan lodges, but access roads, two new junctions, service vehicles, space for 140 cars, associated facilities which are being proposed for this green space, at present used by walkers, golfers and wildlife. This is purely a business venture with no consideration for the real local community.
Indeed, the whole development does absolutely nothing for the village of Fornham All Saints. There has been no consultation with residents. The idea of “Love Local” as shown in the photograph with Hannah Cuthbertson, is simply a lie.
Fornham All Saints
SPECIAL REPORT WENT WITHOUT LEAVERS
I would like to comment about the two-page Special Report ‘The cost of Brexit three years on’ (Bury Free Press, April 5). Given the whole feature did not contain one column inch of comment from any Brexiteer or any member from the local ‘Leavers of Britain’ (LoB) group, you will forgive me for calling the Special Report for what it was ... a totally biased piece of journalism.
Why did your reporter did not contact the local West Suffolk (or Suffolk) branch of LoB, (or regional organisers from the Vote Leave campaigners) for a comment to help towards a more balanced feature, rather than the one-sided version that appeared? Yes, we were grateful for the picture that was published some weeks ago when the founder of LoB came up from London to help us leaflet the town one Saturday (March 9), but come on, fair-play please!
Bury St Edmunds
Editor’s note: The Special Report highlighted business leaders’ views on the impact they felt Brexit would have on their trading future. We are not obliged to refer every Brexit-based article to LoB – or any other group – before publication for comment in case the views reported differ from theirs. And, of course, we welcome and publish reaction to all our reports, in print or online.