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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:11 pm 

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It is with some dismay that we have decided to write this comment following the publication of recent articles on the NVCC website. Although delighted to read that Norfolk has formed the North-East Norfolk Coastal Parishes Group in response to recent announcements for potential flood proposals on the Broads and its direct implication on the local community, we are extremely concerned to see history repeating itself!

The wording used by Natural England’s Representatives and those from the EA during the recent meeting held in Somerton seem nothing short of a ‘carbon copy’ of those comments we heard for so many years down here on the Romney Marsh by these Agencies or unelected Government Quangos when flood defence proposals were discussed. And as much as it is important to establish contact with those in charge of our future ( and let’s face it – they do decide what future, if any, we all have), it is equally important to understand the language (or spin) with which they deliver their proposals or decisions.

“ Taking local communities into account when making decisions” does not materialise – local communities are the last ones to find out what happens!

‘Helping communities to adapt to climate change” is just another phrase to cover up for the fact that Government is unwilling to spend money on coastal defences and sounds good as a ‘get-out’ clause!

“Being very aware of concerns and worries by local communities which affects their future”…?.....absolutely NOT – otherwise they would have consulted with local communities FIRST in order to get some feedback before drawing up proposals!

“Successful and long-term adaptation to climate change” is yet another phrase for walking away from stretches of coast where the Government feels that financial investment would not yield sufficient or ample support in return when it comes to the next elections! In other words – sparsely populated areas can easily be sacrificed in order to keep big towns and cities safe!

“Communications should have been handled in a different manner”… only points out that they have been ‘rumbled’ and are now wishing to be seen to be ‘listening’ which of course they won’t! All that is achieved by this is that it gives people hope and that they can tick off their box of having ‘established dialogue’.

We have seen all this before and have for four years fought hard and brave to change their flood defence proposals here on the Romney Marsh ! What has happened here in the past , is happened now in Norfolk and other areas in Britain and will no doubt rear its ugly head in many other parts of the British Isles is scandalous! No person should be at the mercy of Government proposals which effectively renders their most prized possession, i.e. their home, worthless Without the inclusion of SOCIAL JUSTICE there is no sea/flood defence proposal which would meet with the approval of local communities.

What happens now affects the future of Britain . Government has created a “Bermuda Triangle” for its own convenience in order to push these SMPs through,i.e.:-

DEFRA who is no longer responsible for the defence policies, but authorises funding of sea defence schemes has pushed the overall authority onto the ENVIRONMENT AGENCY who in turn attributes its final options to the advice received from NATURAL ENGLAND, which as we all know, is an unelected Government Quango working directly under DEFRA and who state categorically that they of course have no powers to enforce such policies! This leads us straight back to DEFRA who are responsible for the funding! In order words - the local communities are directly affected by this Bermuda Triangle and are likely to disappear off the radar if the Government has its way!

Bear this in mind when you negotiate with those who hold the strings for your future and far more importantly, try and unite with other communities all over Britain who are in the same boat ( which is what you all will need if they are successful). Only by uniting and not just putting one area at the forefront, can we as a whole stop the demise of our coastal defences all over Britain.

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