When the Trust first started looking at the scheme to build a ‘relief’ road for Shrewsbury many years ago, our main concerns were the direct impacts to wildlife and habitats along the route that might have resulted.
But while Shropshire Council may be stuck with ideas from before the time of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, mobile phones and the internet, things have very definitely moved on. Shropshire Wildlife Trust now takes into account broader issues such as the climate emergency when looking at the impacts of proposals such as the NWR.
The Wildlife Trusts nationally have recognised that climate change “presents the biggest long-term threat to the survival of our wildlife”. Recent decisions such as Heathrow’s third runway and the abandonment of relief road proposals from towns such as Durham show that many infrastructure plans are "not justified", not consistent with national policy and in some cases even illegal!