A campaign to oppose
the Norwich Western Link road
Stop the Wensum Link campaign comprises ecologists, scientists, lawyers, academics and environmentalists, as well as many other concerned individuals. We are against the Norwich Western Link (NWL) infrastructure project which is proposed to cross the ecologically rich Wensum Valley west of Norwich.
The valley is a Special Area of Conservation and has Sites of Special Scientific Interest, ancient woodland and a rare chalk stream. It is also home to probably the only colony of endangered Barbastelle Bats in the country.
The cost will be anything up to £300 million.
The above drone footage follows the path of the road, showing from above, the woodlands that will be destroyed should the project go ahead.
Norfolk County Council is still pursuing the building of the Norwich Western Link despite the strong legal protections of both endangered bats and the River Wensum.
The legal case against the Norwich Western Link is clear. However, it looks likely that we will need to ensure that environmental law is enforced. For this we need a legal fighting fund to be ready to respond quickly. Please donate, what ever you can and share the link:
What Makes Wensum Valley Precious
Satellite photos of the Wensum Valley and a map of the proposed route showing how the Norwich Western Link Road would cut through the heart of the little natural woodland we have left.
The Wensum Valley is home to a super colony of endangered Barbastelle bats, discovered just last year, and the proposed road would plow right through the centre of their habitat. If the road is built, colonies of this IUCN red-listed species will be lost. This is against the law.
Please help Wild Wings Ecology continue the independent scientific study which has already revealed how vitally important the woodlands in the Wensum Valley are to these extraordinary bats for shelter, raising their young and feeding. Robust evidence will enable us to demand that their protection is upheld, as legally required..You can read the open letter in which barbastelle expert Dr Lotty Packman presents independent research, funded by the public
The River Wensum: A rare and precious chalk stream
The Wensum river is a chalk stream. This is an extremely rare habitat, and we are lucky to have most of the few examples globally here in the East of England.
On 26th February we welcomed Jonah Tosney of The Norfolk Rivers Trust who showed us the importance of this precious ecosystem and the rare species that live there. A video of the presentation is below
We'd love to hear what makes the valley special to you.
Please get in touch with your writing, photos, artwork so we can share them on our "Your Wensum Valley" page.
Here are some of the events we've got coming up.
Our event page has full details
Tracks and Trails: Celebrating Nature in Norwich and the Wensum Valley
Saturday May 8th 10-3
Why building roads doesn't work
Monday 10th May 7pm - on zoom
The Norwich Western Link Road:
Read our submission to the
Greater Norwich Local Plan consultation (PDF)
Local Elections are going to take place on May 6th 2021.
This is an opportunity to show the strength of feeling about the Norwich Western Link Road.
Please turn out to vote on May the 6th!
Don't know what your candidates' stance on the road is? Please ask them.
Let them know that their position on the NWL is important to you.
We have some help on contacting candidates here
In June, Norfolk County Council will be making a key decision on the progression of the Norwich Western Link Road.
They will be deciding whether to go ahead with applying for central government funding (presenting the Outline Business Case to the Department of Transport).
This funding is only to be given if certain environmental standards have been met, and Norfolk County Council have not yet finished their surveys, so cannot demonstrate this!
The 'business case' for the road is also based on inadequate and pre-COVID transport data. The Council is now under massive financial strain and they would be liable for any project cost overruns.