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King's Lynn could be just a memory unless action taken on climate change, Lynn News letters

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For the second time in three months, Conservative members of West Norfolk Council have decided not to take urgent action to protect residents from the devastations of climate breakdown.

Well publicised maps based on recent NASA data show that huge swathes of the borough could be under water in as little as 30 years if immediate and radical action isn’t taken, meaning that thousands of people in places like King’s Lynn, Heacham, Hunstanton and the fen villages will lose their homes and the places they love.

Other projections suggest that floods of the severity of the 1953 flood event, which killed over 300 people in East Anglia, will be an annual event by 2050. All too soon, King’s Lynn could be just a memory.

Front page of the Lynn News & Advertiser, February 6, 1953, reporting on the aftermath of the tidal surge of January 31.
Front page of the Lynn News & Advertiser, February 6, 1953, reporting on the aftermath of the tidal surge of January 31.

The council know this, yet still they choose not to take any meaningful action, or even allow the matters to be debated in full council. Instead, the Conservative councillors have again voted as a block to ensure a climate motion is sent to cabinet. This is a dereliction of their duty, be it moral or legal. As elected representatives of the people of West Norfolk, they have an obligation to act to protect us in the face of danger, yet they have chosen not to. It is particularly scandalous that the Conservative councillors representing the most vulnerable wards chose to vote with their Tory faction rather than in the interests of their constituents.

Council leader Brian Long even continues to insult us, the members of the public who attended the meeting. He has been quoted in the press saying “Those members of the public [the activists] are not members of the public. They’re members of a particular faction who want us to do everything we can to be as green as possible as quickly as possible.” He even said he was “glad” we were disappointed at the outcome.

These comments, Mr Long, are disgraceful. We are not “members of a faction”, we are residents of your borough. We are mothers and fathers, grandparents and children. We are teachers, doctors, nurses, volunteers, councillors, business owners, retirees, and countless other members of the community. We are the people of West Norfolk, and we will fight to save our homes, our property, and the places we love. And we are fighting to save yours too.

We call on Mr Long to resign from his post as Leader of the Council.

Charlie Gardner, Ashwicken and Jordan Stokes, Dersingham PE31, Bernadette Barclay, Stoke Ferry PE33, Jan Smith, Flitcham PE31, Jackie Wrout, Pott Row PE32, Cristiana Germeno, Heacham PE31, Linda Hall, PE36, Kirsten Murray, PE31, Linda Graham, PE33,Chris Renard, PE33,Ivan McCready, PE32,Liz Pendleton, Downham Market,Mary Maxey-Miller, Swaffham,Jan Nico Dobben, Downham Market PE38, Rob Archer, Lynn PE30, Claire Archer, Lynn PE30, Danny Southgate, Lynn PE30, Daniel Camp, Lynn PE30, Vicky Fairweather, Lynn PE30, Alastair Kent, Downham Market PE38, Carol Renard, PE33, Lucy Faulkner-Gawlinksi, PE30, Brenda Kent, Downham Market PE38, Jenny Walker, Roydon PE32, Robert Shippey, Downham Market, Kirsty Nelson, King’s Lynn, Rita Rainbow, Swaffham PE37, Vivienne Manning, Lynn PE30, Jim McNiel, Stoke Ferry PE33, Sandra McNiel, Stoke Ferry PE33, Verity Connolly, Lynn PE30, Sheryl Booth, PE33

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