SAVE OUR WOODLAND: The next housing estate which is due to be built, has its only access through Iden Hurst. This entails cutting through ancient woodland at the end of the road, which is now protected, to build on the fields beyond. The present owner already cut down a couple of trees to ensure that there was a passageway to facilitate the approval of the project, but many more trees will have to be cut down, to widen the access for all the cars. It begs the question of values and what is important. There is another road in from Chalkers Lane, but this will be only for emergencies once the building is finished. It is quite possible to change the access to Chalkers Lane but it would mean that the developer Bovis Homes has to put in another planning application, at their cost, and they are not willing to do that. However it needs the village to rally once again to raise their objections to the outside forces that want to ride rough shod over our village and our efforts to protect, as much as we can, of what we have, and certainly anything that is ancient and worth the effort. We need to put pressure on Bovis Homes and our allies here are Natural England and The Woodland Trust. The site for this is http://www.savehurstwoods.wixsite.com/sayno. If you fill out the form it will automatically email Bovis and email@example.com the organiser of our fight back. Posters will be going up in the village as well. The full planning application notice will be going up so watch out for this, and how you can respond to Mid Sussex Planning who are very well aware there are real objections but have ignored them. The question again of values and what is important! Letters to our MP and any one else you may care to complain to also very welcome, from within and outside the village.
HURSTPIERPOINT AFTERNOON CLUB: on Tuesday 2 August at 2.15pm has the visit of the professional harpist Margaret Watson. Village Centre, all welcome.
ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL: has an ambitious project, already mentioned to do work to the swimming pool to give it all year round use. If anyone wishes to help with the fundraising they have set up an easy and free way for those who regularly buy on the Internet. Easyfundraising is a site where a couple of minutes is all it takes to register to support a cause, St Lawrence CEP School, and a percentage of the purchases is donated. So once registered you are set, thereafter just click onto the site and continue through to your chosen retailer, all the big ones are there, like Amazon, Tesco, ebay plus loads of smaller interesting ones, in total over 2,500 and carry on as normal. The simplicity of the scheme is that one can continue to do ones usual shopping and at the same time raise money. Website www.easyfundraising.co.uk.
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