New hope for threatened Thurrock Marshes insect haven06/08/2008 14:59:00
August 2008. Royal Mail has confirmed to Buglife - the Invertebrate Conservation Trust that it has formally abandoned plans to build on West Thurrock Marshes the fantastic haven for endangered insects near the Thames crossing at Dartford. But Buglife - fearful that another occupier for the site will come forward - has been granted an Appeal hearing to challenge the High Court decision to uphold the planning permission.
In a letter to Buglife, the wildlife charity that has led the two-year campaign to save West Thurrock Marshes, Dr Steven Boorman, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Royal Mail said "I can confirm that Royal Mail will not be moving to the site.....at West Thurrock Marshes. We have found a more suitable site, which better meets our needs, in the area."
"This is a triumph for wildlife, we always said that there were equally good alternative sites for the Royal Mail warehouses that would not endanger dozens of rare species." said Matt Shardlow, Director of Buglife "Fantastic public support has taken us a long way towards securing the future of wildlife of West Thurrock Marshes - thank you to the thousands of people who have helped so far".
One of the most important UK sites for rare insects
If the appeal is lost then the door will be open for planning authorities like the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation to ride roughshod over the needs of endangered wildlife, on this site and elsewhere.
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