Extinction Rebellion protest outside council offices in Long Stratton
Climate protesters assembled outside South Norfolk Council’s offices in Long Stratton this week, urging the authority to hold a citizens’ assembly to address the climate emergency.
Around half a dozen members of the Waveney Valley branch of Extinction Rebellion assembled outside the front entrance of the offices on Saturday, holding placards and observing an hour’s silence.
The protesters want to see the council hold a citizens’ assembly – where people can formerly address the climate crisis – and declare a climate and ecological emergency.
Bob Mackenzie, a Long Stratton town councillor who was among the protesters, said: “We’re calling on the council to host a citizens’ assembly so that people can have a say on what they want to build here.
“South Norfolk is brilliant for cycling – if only you could get the cars and trucks off the roads. They could make the main arterial roads for traffic, and leave the lanes for cyclists and pedestrians to get around. That wouldn’t just help the climate, but help wildlife, too.”
The protest took place on the same day as a number of similar events across the country, with members being required to walk or cycle to protests and observe three-metre social distancing rules.
South Norfolk Council was unaware the protest had taken place as its staff have been working from home.
In response, council leader John Fuller said: “We welcomed representatives from Extinction Rebellion to our council meeting in February, where they made their point eloquently and all councillors listened carefully to what they had to say.
“Economic, environmental, and social issues are always at the front of our minds. When we get back to normal, they can come back when the council is open.”