In response to Brian Burton’s letter, I strongly refute that the WASP (Wash Against Silica Pit) objection to the proposed silica sand extraction between Snettisham and Dersingham is in any way a NIMBY exercise.
If Mr Burton had looked at the comments on the online petition he would have seen objections coming in from Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand as well as all over the UK – hardly in their backyards!
This is a totally unspoiled area of The Wash which is home to many endangered species of birds and mammals, next to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and SSSI’s, as well as many archaeological remains, not to mention its close proximity to Sandringham and the home of our future king and his family at nearby Anmer.
The addition of up to 200 HGVs daily on the A149, an already overcrowded and dangerous road, would, in my opinion (and many other people’s), not only increase pollution but lead to further congestion, accidents and possible fatal delays for the many ambulances carrying trauma patients to the A & E department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The A149, which is single carriageway, is the only coast road leading to important holiday destinations, further congestion would encourage many more vehicles using surrounding village roads as “rat runs”.
Our region relies on the valuable tourist trade for employment and income which would be sadly affected if such a development was allowed in such a very special area of the Wash.
Ros Pugh, Kenside, Snettisham