Protest meetings across Fenland prove they remain remarkably effective in getting a message across

Members of the public queued out the door to attend a public meeting at Wimblington Parish Hall abou

Members of the public queued out the door to attend a public meeting at Wimblington Parish Hall about a proposed anaerobic digestion plant in the village. - Credit: Archant

We have seen an unusual, and rather gratifying, display of public protest in recent times with meetings against housing (Whittlesey) anaerobic digestion plants (Wimblington) and open spaces (March).

Given the pressure on local authorities to raise extra cash (through selling or developing assets or collecting business rates) we can confidently expect more to follow.

Unlike a decade or so ago when Fenland keeled over and allowed the floodgates to open with wind turbines, it seems many are no longer prepared to allow their communities to be inundated with unsustainable housing or the latest fad in so-called green energy.

Lessons have been learned from campaigns such as FenRATs, which fought off wind turbines near Wisbech.

It is heartening to see so many councillors of all parties and none coming together to protect their communities. You might argue, of course, councillors are also protecting their votes but that’s the nature of democracy.


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Public meetings remain remarkably effective in getting a message across.

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