A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 31 August 2021
From Mr. R Goodwin

Representation

I moved to Cowley in 1971 [redacted]. As an amateur naturalist I was immediately struck by the exceptional diversity of flora and fauna, especially birds, that the area possessed. As time went by I was able to turn my hobby into a part-time profession[redacted] In recognition of my work I became sound recordist of the year 4 times, won an international competition and was nominated for a BAFTA for my work on the sound track of a TV film, BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME, THE POINT HERE IS THAT IS THAT MY ACHIEVEMENTS WERE ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE ABUNDANT WILDLIFE THAT FLOURISHED IN THE SUPERB ANOB. 30 years ago there were more than 100 different species of birds, including some rare breeding species, but this has since declined by 30/40%, wild flowers are now the exception rather than the rule and consequently moths and butterflies have seen a dramatic decline in both variety and numbers: small mammal numbers have declined to the extent that many are now endangered. It is imperative that we protect our dwindling countryside because, if we don’t act now, many more species will be gone forever and our children and grandchildren will not have the pleasure that we have enjoyed. It is in our hands, and indeed our duty, to protect wildlife for future generations. Option 30 would be an ecological and environmental disaster, it is criminal to drive a new 4 lane highway through ancient woodland and virgin farmland with all the ancillary disturbance caused. Why has this travesty been chosen when, in Option 12, there is a route with 2 lanes already in place, with little need for land grab and the resultant costs and no need for 2 very expensive road bridges to connect the severed land of Stockwell Farm ? Whoever is behind this heinous decision has no respect for, or understanding of, the needs of the world and Government Policy in respect of the Environment and Climate Change