People power really does work, as the dedicated campaigners fighting to stop gravel extraction plans at Fritton Woods have proved. Their determination and hard-work raised a petition with a massive 20,000 signatures opposing the proposals that would wreck the historic woodland. The campaign galvanised support across the region, with thousands of residents from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft adding their voices to save the woods.
Even before my election as Member of Parliament, I was keen to do what I could to raise the profile of this vital cause and get the message across to decision-makers at county hall that the plans must be halted. Conservative controlled Great Yarmouth Borough Council backed local residents and together we lobbied Norfolk County Council to halt the plans.
This week they confirmed that Fritton Woods is no longer on the list of new quarries planned for Norfolk. There is still a small risk that the developers will appeal this during the next round of consultation, so the local community remains on alert. It’s a great victory for the Parish Council, chaired by Keith Nunn and the action group led by Jan Burton.
9th April 2011