The Independent piece wrongly points to declining public interest in environmental issues. Only last November, one opinion poll reported that 85 per cent of people in Europe - 11 per cent up on 1988 - believed protecting the environment was 'an immediate and urgent problem'. The fact that the unique Oxleas Alliance, formed just two months ago, has managed to demonstrate the depth of public outrage over these lunatic proposals, is a measure of the poor judgement exercised by government.
We firmly believe that the strength of the campaign to save the wood is a manifestation of a much deeper dissatisfaction with the way in which quality of life is automatically put below pouring concrete as a priority of our society. Friends of the Earth will continue to press for policies that emphasise conservation over concrete and believe that public opinion is firmly behind us.
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