SAVE OUR WOODLAND: Latest news is the reply from Natural England who were consulted, as they must be about ancient woodland, by the Mid Sussex District Council on the original planning application, which was turned down. If there is a reasonable likelihood that the development will result in the loss or deterioration of veteran trees planners must take notice. The guidelines include impact of loss of connectivity and damage to the ground floor, plus the protection of a buffer zone of semi natural habitat between the development and the woodland. Their reply said it would impact and they opposed it. With the subsequent planning application Mid Sussex consulted The Woodland Trust, and their reply was categoric. ‘Ancient woodland is irreplaceable; once lost it is gone for good. As such the Trust believes that any damage or loss to ancient woodland is entirely unacceptable and should be avoided at all costs. The current location of the access road is wholly inappropriate as it will result in direct loss of ancient woodland and also irrevocable fragmentation. Furthermore the proposed 15m buffer is simply not a suitable depth for a development of this size and scale as a 30m buffer needs to be considered instead. In summary, the Trust strongly objects to the planning application and recommend that it is not granted planning permission’. Ignored totally by Mid Sussex who should have followed this decision. Contact them or the parish council, they have been found out.
RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN: Last week I supplied details of the fight against the removal of ancient protected trees to provide a road through from Iden Hurst to the coming new estate of houses. Posters have been put up, notably on the village notice board, about this together with the contacts, www.savehurstwoods.wixsite.com/sayno and email to the organiser firstname.lastname@example.org. Now those who oppose the destruction of the trees and the loss forever of the wild habitat created by them are putting up red ribbons outside their houses. Anyone can join in. I have mine up. There is an alternative access road, which will be built first into Chalkers Lane, so why not use it, just needs a revised application. We are stuck with the 140 houses but surely we can make a point about saving the trees, which everyone and the wild life would benefit from, or it is gone forever. The list for removal from the official tree protection list is G5 Hawthorn and Blackthorn, G44 Blackthorn and Ash, T48 Hawthorn, T49 Elder, T50 Hawthorn, T51 Big Oak, T52 Sycamore, G62 Holly, G74 Holly-Thorn, T76 Elder and T78 Western Red Cedar. So, quite a swath are to go just for two lanes for cars and probably a pavement. Real protection! Not only forced into houses but forced into ancient tree felling. Some are young but a fair few are of a considerable age. Possibly another large oak might have to go for access and they will need to lift the canopy of the remaining trees to 10 metres, which will entail some major pruning of all the oak’s lower boughs. Good deed of the day, click on to the above website, a copy of the form goes to Bovis Homes, email our MP at email@example.com or the CEO of Bovis Homes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prefer to write? A letter to The Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA and the CEO of Bovis Homes, Mr David Ritchie at their Head Office The Manor House, North Ash Road, New Ash Green, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8HQ. Let us show them that Hurst stands up for its principals. The clock is ticking for our trees. Finally, the suggestion was even made that although ancient trees have been cut down, no more need to go, if Bovis Homes makes that passage through the wood a single lane pinch point, like we have in the High Street, which would also deter speeding along the road. No apparent response.
MARRAN POP UP SHOP: Until August 8 is Out of the Earth Art, conceptual contemporary paintings inspired by crystals and fossils, holistic art and reiki. In the chic wooden garden room behind Marrans in the High Street.
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES: Available at Poponin in the High Street, from regular classes for children to various sole activities. Check out their info board outside or ask about what is coming up.
HURST COMMUNITY SHOP: Is now having regular Saturday Specials, when selected items, different each week, will be half price. No notice, just turn up and see what the bargains are. Also pop in for your holiday reading, a wide range of paperbacks available at 30p each.
THE MUSEUM GROUP: Has a new display in the Village Centre foyer, picking up on the St Lawrence Fair theme of 60, and providing a snapshot of events through the years from the medieval to the present. Available to look at when the foyer is open, to see what was happening in 1660 or1960.
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