Protesters march in Kett's footsteps

Campaigners fighting a London developer's plans to build thousands of new homes in Wymondham have likened their protest march this weekend to town hero Robert Kett's revolt against social injustice.

Campaigners fighting a London developer's plans to build thousands of new homes in Wymondham have likened their protest march this weekend to town hero Robert Kett's revolt against social injustice.

Organisers of the Fight For Wymondham march on Saturday are planning to stage a modern rebellion to demonstrate their opposition to Pelham Holdings' plans to build 3,000 new homes to the south of the town.

They say the proposed development would increase housing in Wymondham by 50pc, a move they claim would overwhelm the town's infrastructure, devastate local wildlife and destroy its identity as a small, historic market town.

Campaign spokeswoman Julie de Rohan said: “In the summer of 1549 Wymondham hero Robert Kett led a popular revolt of townsfolk to protest against unjust land enclosures. This Saturday Wymondham residents will stage a modern rebellion, to demonstrate their opposition to a plan by London developers to build 3,000 new homes.


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“The March For Wymondham is a chance for everyone who cares about this town to stand up and be counted. Wymondham is worth fighting for and this is an opportunity for our community to come together and demonstrate just how passionately we care about where we live. Bring your children, bring your parents, bring your grandparents - let's all get out there and show the country that the spirit of Robert Kett is alive and well!”

As a tribute to Robert Kett, the march will begin at Kett's Park, off Hart's Farm Road at noon. It will cut through to Norwich Road and continue into the town where a rally will follow in the Market Place at approximately 1.15pm.

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Speakers will include Norwich Green party city councillor, Adrian Holmes, and James Frost, director of the Norfolk branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

March Organiser David Wilkinson said the group has received help and support throughout the community: “We're grateful to Norfolk Constabulary for working with us, to the town council for the use of the Market Place and to First buses who have agreed to divert buses for the duration of the rally. We're especially grateful to everyone who has contacted us to pledge their support on the day. We look forward to seeing you all at Kett's Park at noon on Saturday”.

For more information about the March For Wymondham go to www.fightforwymondham.com or phone 07766 287 233.

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