Rachael Maskell MP speaking with Sir David Attenborough
Rachael Maskell MP speaking with Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough addressed Parliamentarians about the serious impact climate change is having on the Polar Regions and the threat of this on our planet. From the melting of the ice cap, Sir David brought this down to the impact on micro-climates and our delicately balanced environment. Following the talk, York Central MP, Rachael Maskell talked to Sir David about a number of issues, including Askham Bog.

Rachael Maskell MP says:
“David Attenborough urged me to try and stop the proposed housing development adjacent to Askham Bog. Having already met with the Wildlife Trust, there are many sites across York where development can take place, however any alterations to the environment surrounding the bog will have serious consequences for this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

“Askham Bog is a favourite place for so many of us to visit and hosts some unique species. Changes in our climate are already impacting the site, but it is clear that any changes in the way the water flows could have a further detrimental impact on the bog. Once it has gone, we will not be able to get it back. Even with the housing developers seeking to put water diversions into their plans, this development will still have a negative impact. Domestic animals near the site will also change its character.

“York urgently needs affordable and social housing, however this Tory/Lib Dem Council is set on building the wrong kind of housing in all the wrong places. When you have such a renowned expert calling for a moratorium on this planning development on this site, those making the decision must heed such wisdom and evidence and reject this plan.”

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