I have read with increasing dismay the number of letters in support of the potash project which seem to be missing the point.
The planning decision is not really about whether or not one believes the village of Sneaton is attractive. Nor is it important whether Joe Bloggs can see the mine head from his window. It is something rather more fundamental.
It is about how important green spaces are to people and what designating an area of land as a National Park actually means.
We all, perhaps too readily, take our wonderful environment for granted. So much so, that we fail to even see or appreciate what we have. I recall one correspondent to this paper observing that there was nothing at Sneaton.
That ‘nothing’ is called the English countryside. When any of us have a holiday or a day out, we visit beautiful places, beautiful buildings , which have been preserved for that purpose. The law of this country supposedly protects them. Of what value is a legally protected status if it can’t prevent a massive heavy industrial development in a National Park? The government may just as well go for a free for all approach.
The outcome of this planning application will be keenly awaited by both developers and conservationists alike, it is something of a test case. Should it be passed, it will effectively demonstrate to any developer exactly how much they can get away with in all the places,throughout the country, which we all cherish.
Much has been said in the war of words between the National Park and Sirius minerals, many claims and counter claims. At the end of the day,no one at the National Park will benefit financially by the decision, whereas Sirius have an awful lot to lose .
My personal experience is that it is always better to trust the people who do not have a financial interest. This whole debacle has a great deal more to do with greed than need.
High Hawsker, Whitby by email