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Your letters on Wisbech incinerator, free school meals, parcel deliveries and Brexit

Here are the letters from this Tuesday's Lynn News...

If not wanted in Wisbech, it shouldn’t be wanted anywhere

I was very pleased to read Steve Mackinder’s letter in Friday’s Lynn News on the proposed Wisbech incinerator.

I, like Mr Mackinder, fail to understand how anybody with just a bit of common sense can justify the disposing of unrecyclable waste into landfill.

To me this action isn’t any different than sweeping your house dirt under the carpet. Yes that method of disposal has been going on for many years but we must recognise the fact that rubbish in the 1950s, for instance, wasn’t anywhere near as dangerous as it now, full of chemicals and other undesirable bits no one should ever have to touch.

I fully understand that many living near the proposed site might feel worried over emissions and the unknown consequences it may bring but I would guess the impact on air pollution is probably much less than road traffic.

I don’t understand why many of the objectors aren’t out there shouting very loudly and stopping “our refuse” being taken to be incinerated elsewhere.

As far as I know, all of us share the same climate and the problem if there is one should not be acceptable for anyone, in this country or abroad.

My question to many politicians would be, are you really worried about our health or just very interested in ticking your political boxes?

It would be very interesting to know the joined cost to date for the refusal and economical penalty for not having built the one at Lynn and the cost on our waste incinerated either in neighbouring counties or abroad.

Keep on Mr Mackinder. It is quite refreshing to see not all of us follow like sheep.

Maria Rix


Protesters against the incinerator outside the Boathouse. (62692424)
Protesters against the incinerator outside the Boathouse. (62692424)

Our MP should support free school meals

I am deeply concerned for children in our community and right across Britain.

No matter what’s happening in the country or the economy, no child should ever go hungry.

But last year, four million children were living in households that went short of food.

In 2021, there were 5,359 children living in poverty in the North West Norfolk constituency. Our MP James Wild is seemingly not doing much at all in representing these constituents or trying to solve the issue nationwide.

He and the Government should be ashamed about their inaction over this issue.

Extending free school meals to every child in primary school is one thing the prime minister could do today to ease the pressure on every family during these difficult times. It would ensure every child gets a healthy, hot school dinner, every day.

It’s a no-brainer. In England, free school meals are universal up to year two. Why do we stop feeding children at school when they turn seven?

Scotland and Wales are rolling this out already. Children in England deserve no less.

On March 24, the Free School Meals for All Bill is due for its second reading in Parliament. I want to see every MP back this Bill.

We can get this done. It just takes the political will and moral clarity to do what’s right.

Euan Broughton

via email

Get your own house in order before moaning

To the anonymous delivery driver giving us earache about his problems with householders door knockers and other minor whinges about the people he’s paid to deliver to, could I suggest he gets his own house in order first?

Stop parking on pavements and blocking the highway. Stop turning in private driveways. Stop smashing up parcels and leaving them in the rain. Drive considerately on the road and slow down.

Once we’ve got those issues sorted I’ll be happy to discuss the illegal immigrant conundrum... but not before.

Pictured is an example of your work. A photo sent by you confirming delivery. Comedy gold.

Steve Mackinder


All roads now point towards a united Ireland

SW Norfolk MP and former Prime Minister Liz Truss has reportedly warned PM Rishi Sunak to stick to her Brexit Northern Ireland protocol plan devised as foreign secretary. There is an air of suspicion hanging over the premier’s discussions with Brussels from Tory Brexiteers and the Democratic Unionist Party.

If Northern Ireland is kept as a separate entity to the UK, particularly on the Single Market, the door remains open for a re-entry into the EU, something Sir Keir Starmer for Labour relishes, and a vacillating Rishi Sunak, by no means an avid Brexiteer, having a potential for bringing it about through deception and naivety.

To the politically astute, all roads point to a united Ireland which will meet with little resistance from mainland England, especially as guaranteed tax cuts will ensue for the rest of the United Kingdom with relative financial leverage, against a background of a parlous economy.

Look at how empty the House of Commons is when Northern Ireland is debated.

As a teenager in that Province I remember back in 1969 James Callaghan, as home secretary on a fact finding mission to Belfast, telling Ian Paisley that a Westminster government will hand Ulster over to the Republic of Ireland at a future date.

The providential indications are that this is coming to fruition and on this issue Liz Truss will be excused any blame.

David Fleming


Get involved in Creative Awards

The theme of this year’s British Science Week is ‘connections’ and to celebrate the amazing connections and similarities between humans and animals, we have launched our first ever Creative Awards 2023 for all children and young people aged between seven and 18.

To enter, we’re asking young people to create a piece of visual art or written work to celebrate the connections between all species.

This can be anything from a short story or poem to artwork, photography or video.

Each entry submitted by March 31 will be judged by a panel consisting of Humanimal Trust’s founder, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick – otherwise known as the ‘Supervet’ – world history author and storyteller, Christopher Lloyd, and publisher and editor-in-chief of What on Earth Books, Nancy Feresten.

The winners from each age category will receive prizes, including a signed copy of Vetman by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and online shopping vouchers. Local schools and clubs can get involved too.

If any of your readers would like to find out more, they can visit www.humanimaltrust.org.uk

Rachel Jackson

Education Manager, Humanimal Trust

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