Last week, South Norfolk’s district councillors rightly rejected TCI Renewables’ plan to erect three wind turbines near Rushall.
However, this verdict was never going to be a knockout blow because TCI Renewables had already complained to the Planning Inspectorate that South Norfolk Council was taking too long to make its decision.
Consequently, a planning inspector will consider these proposals in January next year, even though another inspector threw out almost exactly the same proposals a year ago.
TCI’s appeal means that the councillor’s verdict won’t change anything in the short term but it is still a powerful symbol that democratically elected local councillors have heard and understood local views. I will be supporting local residents who want to see the back of these plans for good.
Where is the Waveney?
The Environment Agency is consulting on the challenges facing our waterways and this naturally led me to think of the River Waveney.
However, the Cherry Tree Angling Club alerted me to the fact that the Agency’s consultation document doesn’t mention the Waveney at all.
This omission is baffling; the Waveney forms South Norfolk’s border with Suffolk and is a haven for residents and holidaymakers alike.
I meet Environment Agency officers regularly and they are usually well informed, so why are the Rivers Ant, Bure and Yare mentioned but the Waveney is not?
I have put my views to the Environment Agency and I urge anyone with an interest in the River Waveney to do likewise. You can find the consultation document at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk and then send your comments to WaterForLife@environment-agency.gov.uk.
I hear from local paramedics that the ambulance service has finally decided to keep two ambulances in Diss. The local healthcare community has fought very hard to see both ambulances retained.
Whilst this is good news for Diss, there is still a lot to do before the ambulance service is back to where it should be. There isn’t a permanent chief executive yet, but I would much prefer the Trust took the time to find the right candidate.
The appointment of Andrew Egerton-Smith to the Trust’s Board is also good news. Andrew was once chairman of the old local ambulance trust and founded the East Anglian Air Ambulance service. He was appointed as a ‘critical friend’ to challenge the new Board’s decisions, all of which are encouraging signs of improvement.