Just heard that Norman Lamb has secured a Westminster Hall debate on the Shoreline Management Plan next Tuesday. This is good news and I have congratulated him on it. It will be an opportunity to put to the Minister, Elliott Morley, the concerns felt by all our coastal communites about the terrible effects of the SMF on the coastal villages of North Norfolk. They are already suffering property blight despite the racing certainty that the SMF will be rejected by the District Council when councillors vote on it.
I am also announcing today that a public meeting will be held on 21 March at the Manor Hotel, Mundesley from 11am-1pm at which our Shadow Environment Minister James Paice MP will be present. He and I will listen to local concerns and outline Conservative plans for a proper sea defences policy.