The group gave no impression of sewage discharge’

PUBLISHED: 11:33 05 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:35 04 May 2010

I WOULD like to answer some of the questions raised by Keith Alderton s letter in last week s Ely Standard. The meeting organised by LCPRE was a public meeting to discuss Roswell pits. It is difficult to proceed with a more informed debate until the devel

I WOULD like to answer some of the questions raised by Keith Alderton's letter in last week's Ely Standard. The meeting organised by LCPRE was a public meeting to discuss Roswell pits. It is difficult to proceed with a more informed debate until the developer is clear on his plans for the size of the marina on the pit. Mr Tyrell was invited to talk at the meeting but declined, although he did answer some questions, he still did not inform the public of his future plans.

LCPRE is not a group of 'environmentalists' or a 'pressure group' we are a local resident's group who are concerned with the future of Roswell pits. The views expressed by local people received overwhelming support.

There was a well-informed presentation by Dr Andrew Balmford, giving results of various surveys which had been carried out at Roswell pits. Unfortunately, a member of the public did swear, although this was not aimed at anyone in particular and he admitted he was angry, not only with the council but also himself for not acting quicker with regards to the pit. The gentleman did apologise in the meeting and this was announced by the chairman. LCPRE were upset by the outburst as everyone else was, as it is not constructive, as there were a lot of angry people at the meeting who wanted to know why so much work had been allowed to be carried out at the pit, with no planning permission.

With regards to the bittern, the pits are an important part of its habitat, as is the case for many different birds and other wildlife. Habitats are not just the areas that if we are luckily enough, spot wildlife such as birds, they need to feed, roost and nest and all these can encompass a large area. It is fantastic that people see kingfishers perched on and otters swimming around boats and for this to continue, we need to protect peaceful areas that they do not feel threatened in, when they roost or rest in dens, especially with younger ones. These areas, such as Roswell pits, will not be peaceful and become disruptive with diesel engine run narrow boats entering and exiting. As for the very weak comparison used by Mr Alderton, sailing boats do not have engines or amenities on board and there have never been 'dozens' of sailing boats on the pit, as you would know if you had ever watched the quiet, captivating sailing sessions.

No impression of 'discharging sewage' was given by LCPRE and as for 'poisoning the atmosphere with diesel fumes' this impression comes from Mr Alderton alone, which is of interest and if he would like to discuss his worries about these issues, he can contact LCPRE. In addition, the group has never 'name called' or ever given 'any wild accusations'.

INFO: If anyone is interested about the issues regarding Roswell pits, contact LCPRE: s.w.hall@sky.com or www.elywildspace.org.uk or 07791 512296.

SARAH HALL

Ash Grove, Ely


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