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THE BROWN CLIFFS OF HERSTMONCEUX - Not exactly what you expect to find when you move into the Sussex countryside, but then with corruption unfettered, where Sussex police refuse to investigate planning crime what do you expect. We anticipate more inappropriate development like this, because Wealden consider themselves above the law, much of the time.


Unlike Dover, with their beautiful white cliffs, in Wealden they like the colour brown so much Wealden District Councillors and Herstmonceux Parish Council gave planning permission to build this artificial edifice in the country - taking with it the natural beauty of the countryside for walkers - and - or so it seems, polluting the watercourse downstream. Shit! There must be better deals elsewhere, unspoiled and less damaging to the environment - and with mains gas and a decent mobile phone signal.



The Woodlands View development is built on raised ground that has been backfilled against pile driven steel, cutting off Lime Wood from the natural water flow - that formerly fed the stream - instead feeding the surface water to an unknown destination drain, but at least some of it appears to be leaking into the stream at the foot of the valley.


This development is split up into Oak Way, Hawthorn Lane and Elm Close. These houses are built on earth pushed to one side when the new A271 replaced the old road. Though the new road is a B class road by any standards, deficient in terms of traffic flow.




ROAD MARKINGS - If you think the brown cliffs are bad, at the other end of the village, developers Latimer (formerly under Clarion Group ownership) Developments are planning to poison herons, mallard ducks, moorhens, frogs and fish in Lime Pond, as part of surface wash from pesticides. It is alleged that they hope in doing it slowly, to avoid prosecution for killing this wildlife. It is alleged that the bulldozers of Southern Water have already displaced badgers in the field adjacent to Chapel Row. In that Wealden District Council officers are working with the developers to allow such development to continue, this is a conspiracy to attempt to poison wildlife in the making. From where we sit, there is no other way of looking at it.



Woodlands view comes  off the A271 heading south towards Lime Wood. It is just a few hundred yards from the village, where there are parking difficulties and only the amenities of a small village, so just a Post Office, a Mace and not much else. Though there is a curry house, a couple of pubs and the Sundial restaurant. But for shopping proper, it's a trip to Eastbourne, Bexhill or Hailsham.





Developers are seeking to build yet more houses on land formerly owned by Tim Watson, to add to the congestion. This time on the other side of the village. The closest secondary school is in Hailsham, meaning more carbon miles to add to the cost of living atop a steel monolith with about as much charm as a leper colony.


Southern Water dug up the A271 from Shit Creek to Victoria Road and on the the treatment plant, just under a mile from the junction, to lay shit carrying pipes from Chapel Row and a pumping station and crap holding facility in the field adjacent to Lime Cross, otherwise known locally as Shit Creek.













WHAT'S BROWN AND SMELLS OF SHIT? - That's right, decisions like granting permission for Woodlands View. This is a pipe emanating from the arse end of the development just past the village hall on Hailsham Road (A271), Herstmonceux, heading towards Hailsham.




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