Blogs entitled ‘Wuthering Moors’ form a series of articles about the Walshaw Moor Estate and its relationship with Natural England and Defra.
The Observer published this letter from a sizeable group of Hebden Bridge residents who are concerned that the management of nearby grouse moors including Walshaw Moor has increased the risk of flooding for their homes and town.
The New Internationalist blog also commented on events at Hebden Bridge and Walshaw Moor and the launch of the Ban the Burn! campaign – it’s a very good place to start or refresh your interest in this subject.
My MP – or is she any more? – Louise Mensch – replied through her staff to me on my request for her to write to Defra asking for explanations of what is going on here. In particular, I asked her to write to Defra to ask for a copy of the NE Director’s, Andrew Wood’s, witness statement on this subject. Ms Mensch’s office said this would be difficult for her to do. I emailed them on 14 July, they replied promptly and very sensibly on 18 July and I asked them to think again on 19 July. I have just asked them again to have a rethink.
I have contacted Natural England again to ask for various information on this case. For example, I have asked them whether in addition to the £2.5m of agri-environment money going into the Walshaw Moor Estate and the costs to the taxpayer of the legal action taken by Natural England whether any other costs have been incurred in this case. In particular, what other payments have been made to Walshaw Moor Estate?