Letters: Katherine Wallace, June 30, 2015

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I wish to follow up your article on Friday, June 19, about the meeting concerning the planning application to build on the pond field at Ingoldisthorpe.

Although the meeting was arranged at very short notice, the Church Hall was packed. Many villagers spoke passionately about what the pond field means to them, their fears for what will happen to the wildlife and the sheep; and about the risk of increased flooding, subsidence and overloading of the sewerage system. Many of your readers will have driven up the old A149 through Ingoldisthorpe and enjoyed the view across the pond field at the village centre, with the grazing sheep, the lambs in spring, and the nesting Egyptian geese, moorhens and oyster catchers. Those of us fortunate to live in the village love the field for the pastoral scene, the birds, the frogs, toads and newts that mate there, and the precious colony of house sparrows that nest in the bramble hedge near the bus stop. We love it as it is – we don’t want it tidied up under the pretext of providing an amenity for the village. It is already an amenity – as a view, as a wildlife haven, as a reminder of our rural roots, as what gives Ingoldisthorpe a sense of place – what makes it special.

Our strength of feeling is reflected in the head count taken at the end of the meeting when less than 4 per cent of those present voted in favour of the proposed development. I urge anyone concerned to contact planning at West Norfolk Council before

July 9.

Katherine Wallace

Smithy Road, Ingoldisthorpe