“Eyes in the Valley” community initiative launched

November 19, 2012 by combehavendefenders

Opponents of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) have launched a new community initiative (“Eyes in the Valley”) to “[keep] tabs on the roadbuilders”. Members of the public are being encouraged to post reports of suspected environmental crimes, wildlife under threat, or any other threats to the landscape of the Combe Haven Valley and its surroundings – on a new Facebook page.

Last month a member of the public reported the recent archaeology digs at Upper Wilting to the authorities as a possible environmental crime, and the Hastings Alliance have raised fears “that the impact of tracked diggers used in excavation on an area of Upper Wilting Farm may have damaged the habitat of European Protected Species – great crested newts (gcn)”.

Patrick Nicholson, a spokesperson for the Combe Haven Defenders, said: “We hope this new community initiative will enable people passing to and fro in the Valley – be they dog-walkers, horse-riders, nature-lovers, day-trippers or local residents – to share what they’ve seen, act as a restraint on the possibility of illegal building work, and help preserve the beauty of Combe Haven Valley.”


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