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Letter: Ukraine Crisis Makes the Preservation of Our Farmland Even More Important

Published on: 28 Feb, 2022
Updated on: 28 Feb, 2022

Corn being harvested at “Three Farms Meadow” part of the Wisley Airfield site.

From: Jules Cranwell

See also: Lib Dem Candidate Horrified by Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Given recent events, it must be self-evident to anybody that the UK can no longer afford to import 60 per cent of its food, much of it from Russia and Ukraine, in the form of wheat, barley, sunflower oil, etc.

We already know that this will cause a huge rise in the cost of many foodstuffs, including bread, and most probably shortages.

For this reason, we must urge GBC to rethink the impact of the Local Plan on our ability to produce food locally.

We cannot afford to sacrifice fertile farmland, such as Wisley, Blackwell Farm, Gosden Hill Farm etc.

The proposed review of the Local Plan has been ponderous, with a decided lack of enthusiasm on the part of GBC. It is now time to wake up to the current reality and finally review the plan, with an emphasis on preserving our precious farmland.

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