2/28/2010

Rackheath Eco Town and Flooding

There has been much discussion locally about the Eco Town project supported by the Labour government government and local Tory councils in Norfolk, in the face of much local opposition.

One of the main arguments against the project has been based on the concerns about flooding and the problems arising from laying tarmac over scores of acres of agricultural land. I have to say today, from my own experiences of getting to and from Rackheath in terrible rain, that these concerns are very real.

The roads around Rackheath were terrible, with some roads completely under water and other becoming rather dangerous with the edge of the road not cleardue to the depth of the water.

I can only imagine how much worse this will be if all the water that was going on to the fields was allowed to "run off" after new roads, paths and driveways are put in when 4000 houses are built.

9 comments:

Johnny Norfolk said...

This project is NOT supported by the Tories, please check with the new North Norwich MP.

Norfolk Blogger said...

It was voted through by Broadland Tories at a Council meeting last Thursday. you appear to be sadly and hopelessly ill informed.

Anonymous said...

Indeed the Conservatives are vocal supporters of the ECO town/Norfolk Hub project with the Conservative leader of Broadland COunil being quoted on several occasions telling everyone how it is needed and how good it will be for us all.
For Mr Johnny Norfolk to state otherwise really does seem a complete joke.

Johnny Norfolk said...

I was talking about the Tory party not local coucils.Local Tories are free to make up their own minds and that can be at odds with the party line, thats healthy.

When the Tories are in government more power will be given to local councils so you had better get used to it. I thought thats what the lid/dems wanted so you have a local decision and you dont like it thats liberal par for the course for you.

Anonymous said...

The Tories ripped powers away from local government last time.

Isn't it the Tory Party who have already pledged to strip powers about planning away from local councils ?

Johnny Norfolk said...

How can they strip away power that they do not have now.

Norfolk Blogger said...

You are making yourself sound ridiculous. Are you suggesting councils currently do not have powers over planning ?

Johnny Norfolk said...

Any major planning that is refused by the local authority goes to appeal and is more often than not passed. So councils have limited power on minor items only. Wind farms are a good example.
If you think planning power is in the hands of the locals you are just kidding yourself.

Anonymous said...

Well, local Tories from Broadland, South Norfolk and Norwich City Councils certainly voted for the Joint Core Strategy! As the election draws closer Mid-Norfolk MP Keith Simpson is now saying he is against the proposed development but that seems to be the extent of his support - whichever way you look at it the Tories haven't done much to help the local communities who are desperately fighting to get this eco-con stopped.

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