As if the residents of Selsey did not have enough to deal with, a local community partnership group (whose membership brings together the likes of Natural England, Environment Agency, RSPB etc (usual suspects)) have invited a group of Dutch town planners and engineers to the Peninsula to discuss the future of our
coastal defences. The last time these guys turned up (unsurprisingly) they found in favour of managed realignment, who saw that one coming???? So now that our coast defence strategy is released and this supposed community group are needing to put together a response, they have asked Van the man and his team back to help them formulate their response.
Not only does the neutrality of this event have to be questioned, given the make up of the panel and the distinct lack of UK consultants (who might actually know this area topographically and economically) but it also gives the statutory consultees a second bite of the consultation apple, this time under the guise of a 'community group'.
What hope is there for any of us living on the coast when everywhere you turn there is a whiff of conspiracy floating in the air?
Save Our Selsey, which has a membership in excess of 1500 local residents, has refused to take part in what is clearly another opportunity for the realignment fans to bash our coastline and has put together a response to the 'Going Dutch' panel, a copy of which can be downloaded/viewed at http://www.saveourselsey.org