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IS THIS THE A271'S MOST DANGEROUS JUNCTION? - Many of the objectors to the proposed (up to) 70 house development in this location, hoisted the flag as to low visibility from a spay that is sub-standard. You might wonder then how this development got the go ahead - as do we. The conclusion we have reached is not pretty. Questions have been asked as to cozy relationships between members of the Parish Council and the former owners. Questions are being asked about conflicts of interest between the developers, Southern Water and the District Council.
Many people in the village of Herstmonceux consider this entrance to be a death trap in waiting, some echoed in the letters of objection sent in to Wealden District Council in 2015. Who in the right mind puts a junction just before the brow of a hill, just after speed signs when vehicles are putting on the brakes to slow down before entering the village. There have been accidents on the other side of this brow. Understandably, villagers are calling this stretch of road Death Hill. We think they have a point. Any way you look at it, it is a bum decision, befitting the new name for the village: Shit Creek.
JANUARY 2021, DIGGING FOR GOLD - This was the start of what will be the entrance to what locals are calling Shit Avenue. More climate dollars being wasted on high priced executive housing when thousands of families cannot pay their mortgages, hundreds are dying sleeping rough and over a hundred thousand families are in temporary accommodation. Developers like Latimer and Clarion have a lot to answer for, apart from global warming and failing to take the proper precautions to protect wildlife and the drinking water supply just a few hundred yards west of this picture. These are allegations raised against those involved in this development, now looking for the property magnates to justify themselves.
The contractors who are putting in the entrance for the proposed development at Lime Cross, are Westridge Construction Limited, a relatively local company. According to Companies House they are involved in the building of commercial and domestic buildings, but in this case are now undertaking ground works and road building in Herstmonceux.
Presumably, they have been instructed by the Latimer Clarion housing group to carry out such operations, based on authorisation from the Wealden District Council, and conditions that must be met to protect the wildlife and preserve their habitats.
There is to be no genuinely affordable housing on this site. The homes will not be net zero, so will contribute to climate change, flooding, as world warming patterns escalate the incidents of extreme weather, and there is no infrastructure to support the transition to electric vehicles. Homes in Herstmonceux cannot have gas fired central heating, leaving oil and storage heaters as the only options, apart from ground heat source pumps and solar water heaters.
The reception for mobile phones is particularly bad in the Herstmonceux area.
CHAOS JANUARY 2021 - As they build more and more houses along the A271, the road is becoming increasingly dangerous. There are potholes and dips with rutted edges that are sure to damage your suspension, lead to swerving and sudden stops. More houses equals more traffic. But this busy main road cannot cope. What should have happened is that the road ought to have been turned into a dual carriageway and some villages that have congestion problems, should have been bypassed. Of course, that would have been expensive and outweighed the benefit of the addition council taxes. So, they overloaded the services. It's like putting a mini engine into a truck and wondering why it overheats.
Westridge Construction Limited
Company Type: Private Limited Company
ALMOST NO VISIBILITY SPLAY - As you can see from this picture, anyone traveling east along the A217 has little chance of spotting cars pulling out of the Lime Cross entrance. Also, having come out of the village and up the blind hill, drivers turning into the drive being built will be braked quite hard - unlike the splendid visibility at the triangle further down the road.
WESTRIDGE CONSTRUCTION - DIRECTORS
CS01 01/12/2020 CONFIRMATION STATEMENT MADE ON 13/11/20, NO UPDATES
CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTORS - According to their website Steve Smith is a co-founder of Westridge Construction with some 40 years of experience in the business. Steve Phillips is the company Chairman, also a joint founder pf Westridge in the early 1990ís. He spent most of the period since formation as the company's Managing Director. Martin Buckthorpe joined Westridge as a Chartered Construction Manager, taking over the role of Managing Director from the present Chairman.
AP01 18/06/2019 DIRECTOR APPOINTED MR DAVID JOHN OLIVER
THE DIRECTORS - According to their website the other company executices are Duncan Grant, acting as Commercial Director, having worked for a number of national and regional contractors in a quantity surveying capacity. Dave Oliver is shown as the Procurement Director. He joined the business in 1993 as a commercially minded manager, aiming to meet targets and see their turnover grow. Jamie Davies is listed as the Business Development Director, starting as a Site Manager then moving into Contracts Management, he has over 20 years experience working on most types of contracts. Martyn Smith is shown as the Construction Director, with 21 years construction industry experience in London and the South East working in concrete and steel frame among other things.
AP01 21/10/2015 DIRECTOR APPOINTED MR DUNCAN NEIL GRANT
NICE PARKING - Chapel Row is crowded enough without parking this close to the triangle on the A271. Parking so close to the entrance and exit to a busy main road is dangerous in our view, apart from any inconvenience caused to those who live locally.
CH01 05/11/2009 DIRECTOR'S CHANGE OF PARTICULARS / KEVIN EDWARD HATCH / 04/11/2009
RIGHTS OF WAY - It is alleged that the local authority and the developers have failed to take account of a right of way from this entrance to the old generating buildings in the background. The electricity generating buildings date from C. 1900. It is claimed that the development of this field is sure to contaminate Lime Well, the only working well in the village, for which peaceful enjoyment should be preserved. Anyone purchasing a house within 100 yards of the well, is sure to be prosecuted by the Environment Agency under the Groundwater Regulations, should they use pesticides or leak oils onto the ground.
AA 03/09/2008 FULL ACCOUNTS MADE UP TO 28/02/08
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