Are our protected sites safe?

Dorset is blessed with a high number of environmentally important and protected natural areas. However our wildlife is under significant pressure at the moment from such things as climate change, pollution and the march of development.

It is worrying then that the Environment Secretary has announced that he wishes do away with a piece of European law that plays a big part in protecting these sites. The reason given is a desire to “cut red tape”.

The trouble is that this so called red tape is the very thing that gives these sites their protection.

Dorset Council has quite rightly declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and we have expressed our concern that now is not the time to reduce protection of our threatened habitats.

The Conservative party receives much of its income from businesses and wealthy individuals, many of whom are developers.

Who is to gain from a streamlining of the system and a relaxation of the rules?

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